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Refugee electrocuted while jumping on Channel Tunnel freight train

David Kearns

Published 18/09/2015 | 12:32

A train leaving the Euro Tunnel at Coquelles in France Credit: Chris Ison (PA Wire)
A train leaving the Euro Tunnel at Coquelles in France Credit: Chris Ison (PA Wire)

A Syrian refugee has died after being electrocuted at the entrance to the Eurotunnel in Calais, French police said.

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The man (25) was killed when he touched a power cable while attempting to jump on to a high-speed training heading through the Channel tunnel.

The young man is the 10th person to die in or around the tunnel trying to reach Britain since late June.

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Currently there are more than 3,500 refugees - many fleeing conflict in Sudan, Eritrea and Syria - living in makeshift camps near the French port of Calais.

In recent weeks new security measures introduced at the tunnel entrance have led to a fall in intrusion attempts.

Eurotunnel confirmed that a freight train was stopped at about 22:20 on Thursday because of the presence of migrants on the tracks.

The sun sets behind a make shift camp near the port of Calais
The sun sets behind a make shift camp near the port of Calais

When the train was searched, a number of migrants were found on board, with one unconscious and one injured, the company said in a statement.

They were immediately taken into care by the emergency services.  The authorities later confirmed the death of one of the migrants."

“This sad incident shows once again that any attempt to travel illegally through the Channel Tunnel is fraught with danger," Eurotunnel said.

Eurotunnel has said that migrants are making about 150 attempts to get into the terminal each night, down from a high of about 2,000 earlier in the year.

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The situation in Calais comes as Europe struggles to cope with the huge numbers of people heading north from the Mediterranean.

On Thursday, Croatia announced it was closing seven of its eight road border crossings with Serbia following a huge influx of refugees.

Officials said they had no choice after more than 13,000 people entered the country since Hungary fenced off its border with Serbia earlier this week.

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