Yorkshire Ukip MEP threatened with gun

Ukip MEP Mike Hookem delivers his speech on defence during the Ukip annual party conference at Doncaster Race Course in Yorkshire. Picture date: Friday September 26, 2014. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 26, 2014. See PA story POLITICS Ukip. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Ukip MEP Mike Hookem delivers his speech on defence during the Ukip annual party conference at Doncaster Race Course in Yorkshire. Picture date: Friday September 26, 2014. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday September 26, 2014. See PA story POLITICS Ukip. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
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A Yorkshire Ukip MEP claims he was threatened with a gun when he tried to enter a migrant camp in France.

Mike Hookem, MEP for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, who was filming near Dunkirk in Northern France, said he was invited to the camp by migrants who were ‘milling around’.

But he claimed the ‘situation immediately turned nasty’ after another man at the camp appeared holding a handgun and stopped them from entering.

He said the incident left a woman in his group of five people ‘very frightened’.

The MEP said he had wanted to visit the camp to understand more about the migrants and their reasons for wanting to reach the UK.

He said he had spent the last couple of weeks examining how people are trying to access the UK after security was tightened at Calais.

Mr Hookem said: “These people are realising they can get on ships at smaller ports that don’t have the security of Calais.

“We’re down at Dunkirk and we’ve been to a migrant camp just outside Dunkirk.

“I spoke to one or two migrants who were milling around and they invited us in. Another guy came out and the situation immediately turned nasty. He was telling us to eff off, eff off, get out and produced a handgun.

“We left quite quickly to get out of the area.”

Asked where he believed the migrants were from, he said: “From what I could gather a lot of Iraqis, Iranians, Syrians, that area.”

He added: “It’s not a nice place to be and these are people who want to get into our country.”

A police probe into the incident is underway.