Body of teenage migrant found on train in UK

2015-07-24 09:39
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London - The body of a teenage migrant was found on a train that arrived in Britain from France, police and a spokesperson for the cross-Channel rail operator Eurotunnel said.

The male was "believed to be in his teens" according to Kent Police, who were called to the Folkestone train terminal in south-east England when the body was discovered.

"Enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances behind his death," the police statement said. A Eurotunnel spokesperson said he was a migrant.

Earlier, the company blamed delays to train travel through the tunnel on "intensive migrant activity" at its French terminal.

Several migrants have died in recent weeks in desperate attempts to reach England from Calais in northern France, where thousands of people have converged on a makeshift camp after fleeing war and hardship in countries including Eritrea, Libya and Syria.

Smuggle

Authorities stopped more than 8 000 attempts at crossing the Channel over a six-week period in June and July, according to the British interior ministry.

Some have tried to break into lorries, others are believed to have drowned while attempting to swim across, and more have died trying to board trains travelling through the undersea tunnel that connects the two countries.

Eurotunnel have erected posters warning of the dangers of attempting to smuggle into Britain.

The situation has caused friction between British and French authorities.

"This is a reminder, if one were needed, that any attempt to get through is extremely dangerous," the Eurotunnel spokeswoman said.

"We reiterate our call to the authorities to address the situation in Calais."

On Wednesday, Eurotunnel announced it would seek $10.67m in compensation from the British and French governments due to the disruption caused by the migrants.

The company said it had run up a security bill of $13m trying to prevent migrants crossing from France to England.

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