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‘Escaped prisoner’ arrested in Channel Tunnel ‘trying to walk to France’

Written by on 29 December 2020

French authorities have arrested a person inside the Channel Tunnel.

A Eurotunnel spokesperson did not confirm that the person was a prisoner but said: “Eurotunnel can confirm that a person was detected inside the Channel Tunnel and taken into custody by the French authorities.

“As there is now a criminal procedure in place we are unable to comment further at this time.”

The Daily Mirror quoted French sources as saying the person was a 31-year-old escaped British prisoner who had been trying to walk the length of the tunnel into France.

The prisoner had been seen disappearing into the tunnel at Folkestone in Kent, the report said.

Police on both sides of the tunnel were alerted and French officials eventually found the prisoner.

The man was arrested on 21 December, according to the Mirror report, and appeared in a French court last Wednesday.

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He was remanded in custody and will appear at court again in February.

The tunnel carries Eurostar passenger trains and the Eurotunnel Shuttle for vehicles.

Trains travel at speeds of up to 100mph in the tunnel.