‘Escaped British prisoner’ arrested in Channel Tunnel ‘trying to run to France’

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An escaped British prisoner has been arrested after he was caught trying to walk the Channel Tunnel to France.

The inmate, a 31-year-old who has not been identified by name, disappeared into the tunnel at Folkestone a week ago.

Police were forced to stop traffic and find the man, who was spotted running "so as to get to France as soon as possible."

It is estimated the incident cost EuroTunnel – the Channel Tunnel operator – £45,000 in lost revenue.

He was finally arrested by French authorities who took him out of the Tunnel at Coquelles, a police source told Mirror Online.

The source said: "They arrested him and took him out of the Tunnel at Coquelles.

"He was heading to France from England, and presenting a clear danger to all Tunnel users, including himself.

"He was running, so as to get to France as soon as possible.

"He refused to give his name or address, but thanks to the British, he was soon identified as a thirty-one-year-old escaped prisoner."

A spokesman for Eurotunnel said: "A person was detected inside the Channel Tunnel and taken into custody by the French Authorities."

The man was fast tracked through the court system in France and appeared in court at Boulogne-sur-Mer last Wednesday.

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Due to information about him not being available, the man was remanded in custody in France, prior to another hearing on February 1 2021.

It is the second known incident of its kind, with a Sudanese migrant who walked the Channel Tunnel from France in 2015 being the first.

He was identified as Abdul Haroun and charged with obstructing a railway, but was eventually granted asylum in 2016.

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