Sunday 22 April 2018

Suspected teen migrant found dead on roof of Eurotunnel train

Train leaving the Euro Tunnel at Coquelles in France
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The body of a suspected teenage migrant has been found on the roof of a Eurotunnel train travelling from Calais to the UK.

The young man’s body was found by police at 4.13am on Thursday on the loading bay of the vehicle shuttle service.

Investigators believe the man died in France and his body was carried through the tunnel to Folkestone.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Inquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances behind his death."

The death comes as authorities on both sides of the Channel struggle with a growing migrant crisis centred on Calais.

On Sunday a migrant drowned in the northern French port city as he tried to break through a secure fence on to the Eurotunnel site.

And two others died in separate incidents in recent months, including an Eritrean migrant who was reportedly killed trying to get on a train at Coquelles

In July three people were injured when they broke into the Channel tunnel terminal near Calais.

Two of the migrants were discovered on a train bound for the UK and a third was found near the tracks.

Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel has repeatedly called on the UK and French Governments to end the migrant crisis, which has seen numbers swell in Calais over the summer.

An estimated 5,000 migrants displaced from countries including Syria, Libya and Eritrea are now believed to be camped in and around the port.

Yesterday it was claimed an Irish lorry driver was held at knifepoint by a migrant while his iPhone was stolen in the French port city. 

Graham Lowens was transporting Irish Mussels to the Netherlands when he stopped in Calais.

The Irish Road Haulage Association has said “it is only a matter of time” before an Irish lorry driver was “serious hurt” by migrants, many of whom it claimed “were armed with knifes”.

The latest death comes as video footage emerged apparently showing migrants travelling to Britain on empty freight train carriages.

A number of people are seen in an otherwise empty carriage which arrived in Folkestone earlier this month, in footage from a worker obtained by The Sun.

John Keefe, from Eurotunnel, told the paper: "It is likely this group took advantage when the authorities were distracted by other migrants. Because of their activity in France we can't sometimes fully load a train."

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