Migrants living in a makeshift camp between Italy and France have been forced out amid claims they are using electricity and water without paying for them.

Italian Police moved into the camp at Ventimiglia – which has become a flashpoint during Europe’s migrant crisis – clearing tents and removing belongings this morning.

Officers said 12 people had been arrested, including a Bosnian wanted under an international arrest warrant, as they closed the camp.

Around 30 migrants and 20 activists took to nearby coastal rocks in protest after being warned they were due to be forcibly removed by riot police.

Some threatened to jump into the sea, while others held placards reading: ‘We want freedom to cross the border.’

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