Refugee electrocuted trying to board Channel Tunnel train

At least 10 people have died trying to cross from Calais to the UK since the start of the refugee crisis
PA reporter

ANOTHER refugee has died trying to board a British-bound freight shuttle near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in France, officials have said.

The victim, believed to be Syrian, was reportedly electrocuted after attempting to clamber on to the shuttle in the latest fatal bid by migrants to reach Britain.

At least 10 people have died trying to cross from Calais since the start of the refugee crisis, which has placed UK police and social services under huge strain.

In the latest incident, Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel said a shuttle was stopped shortly after leaving the platforms in Calais due to refugees on the tracks at around 10.20pm on Thursday night.

When the shuttle was searched, a number of people were found. One was unconscious and another was injured.

A Eurotunnel spokesman said: “The emergency services were called and immediately took them into their care. The authorities have subsequently confirmed the death of one of those taken into their charge.

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

Eurotunnel services from Calais were delayed by 30 minutes.

British campaigners will be among those gathering in Calais today. A one-minute silent lie-down will be held to mark the lost lives.

Campaigners also plan to march through ‘The Jungle’ – where thousands are camped on the edge of the northern French port town – and on to Calais port.

An estimated 5,000 refugees displaced from countries including Syria, Libya and Eritrea are believed to be camped in and around Calais.


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