The escaped prisoner was caught by police in France (Image: AFP)
A British escaped prisoner has been caught operating via your entire size of the Channel Tunnel to France.
The 31-year-old, who has not been named, was seen disappearing into the mouth of the 31-mile tunnel at Folkestone in Kent per week in the past.
It’s only the second recognized incident of its type, and occurred regardless of large safety measures contained in the undersea facility.
Police groups had been alerted on each side of the Tunnel, and it was French officers who finally discovered the person.
‘They arrested him and took him out of the Tunnel at Coquelles,’ a French police supply mentioned.
‘He was heading to France from England, and presenting a transparent hazard to all Tunnel customers, together with himself. He was operating, in order to get to France as quickly as doable.’
Following the arrest on December 21, the person was fast-tracked via the court docket system in France, and appeared in court docket at Boulogne-sur-Mer final Wednesday.
‘He refused to provide his identify or deal with, however because of the British, he was quickly recognized as a thirty-one-year-old escaped prisoner,’ the supply mentioned.
In 2015, Sudanese migrant Abdul Haroun walked 50km (30 miles) via the Channel Tunnel from France to England (Image: Reuters)
The prisoner disappeared into the mouth of the 31-mile tunnel at Folkestone in Kent (Image: Reuters)
The person was remanded in custody in France, prior to a different listening to on February 1 subsequent 12 months, the supply added.
It’s estimated the disruption to visitors brought on by the incident price Eurotunnel – the Channel Tunnel operator – some £45,000 in misplaced income.
A spokesman for Eurotunnel mentioned: ‘An individual was detected contained in the Channel Tunnel and brought into custody by the French Authorities.’
A Sudanese migrant who walked the size of the Channel Tunnel from France in 2015 was finally granted asylum within the UK a 12 months later.
Abdul Haroun was initially charged with obstructing a railway underneath Nineteenth-century laws earlier than additionally being held in custody.
However the 40-year-old was as an alternative granted asylum, resulting in Eurotunnel saying in an announcement: ‘He not solely brought on vital disruption to Eurotunnel and to the numerous freight and passenger prospects travelling on the time, he additionally put his personal life and that of others in danger.’
Trains journey at as much as 99 mph (160km/h) alongside the Channel Tunnel line and pose an immense hazard to anybody strolling within the Tunnel.
Extra reporting by Peter Allen
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