The knife-wielding mob launched a vicious assault with stones, knives and sticks before they attempted to sneak onto lorries bound for the UK, according to the investigative reporters.
During the attack, which took place at a petrol station near the notorious Jungle camp in Calais at around 10.30pm, the reporters were left “cut, bruised and without one of their cameras”.
Mark Stone, who reports for Sky News, said: “We had been welcomed earlier by the migrants, we felt no threat.
“We spotted them and filmed briefly, but then two dozen turned up. Rocks were thrown followed by a sustained attack with knives and sticks until we reached our car – cut, bruised and without one of our cameras.
“What we experienced last night was frightening. These men are evidently violent and they”re dangerous. They wrestled us to the ground and they hit us.”
He added: “It is not unusual. It is happening here on a nightly basis.”
CCTV footage and video obtained by the reporters shows strewn bottles and sleeping bags in a ditch, where the migrants are thought to wait before they make their bid for the UK.
Mr Stone said authorities had to be on alert for the vicious actions of “very, very violent people”.
He added: “The authorities have no real grip on this. Vulnerable people are suffering and the violent core is free to roam.
“Many are desperate, most are desperate and then there is the violent hardcore who are intent on violence not just here in Calais.
“That is one of the consequences of having a large and illegal encampment existing.
“Calais is bigger in population is bigger that it has ever been.”
In July official figures showed one migrant is caught trying to sneak into the UK every six minutes – with 84,088 detentions at our borders last year.
This weekend, unaccompanied migrant children from the Jungle began arriving in Britain
Jungle volunteer, Dave King, blasted it as “nonsense” for people to judge the “entire community” of migrants on those intent on causing trouble.
He said: “If you take the view that they”re all a bunch of thugs then you are absolutely wrong. If you take the view that they”re all a bunch of poor, innocent refugees here, wrong.
“No, it”s a community of 10,000 people here and some are wrongens, as there would be in community of 10,000 people.
“But to make the judgement that the entire community based on the actives of one small element is nonsense.”