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Lowestoft yachtsman breaks free

PUBLISHED: 12:11 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 20:29 05 July 2010

A SUFFOLK yachtsman was one of several Britons who managed to break free from the barricaded port of Cherbourg after becoming embroiled in a French industrial dispute.

A SUFFOLK yachtsman was one of several Britons who managed to break free from the barricaded port of Cherbourg after becoming embroiled in a French industrial dispute.

French fishermen blockaded a number of ports last week, including the Channel port of Cherbourg, in a series of protests against soaring fuel prices.

The protestors barricaded the marina at Cherbourg with ropes and steel wire, trapping about 20 British yachts inside on Friday. One said the barricade was temporarily lifted on Monday night amid reports of an impending resolution to the deadlock.

But Paul Haysom, 60, of Lowestoft, said: “They've given in - we've defeated them. We've been sitting around here for seven days and been treated disgracefully. Flares have been fired and people intimidated.”

While some Britons escaped from Cherbourg, dozens more remained trapped in other ports as blockades continued at ports along the French Channel coast.

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