An illegal immigrant has left a holidaymaker who drove all the way from France to the UK in shock after sneaking into his car for a ride.
The illegal immigrant after he was caught
A holidaymaker was given the shock of his life after driving home from France only to discover an Ethiopian illegal immigrant hiding in the boot of his Nissan, The Sun UK reported.
Paul Edmunds, 59, was unpacking when he saw the man’s trainers poking out from among his bags. Paul said: “He asked if he was in England. I said ‘Yes — well Wales, actually.’ He made a prayer gesture and smiled.” The man, who crept into the van at Calais, was arrested in Caersws, Wales.
The immigrant probably entered the car when Paul and wife Janet stopped in the French port for a toilet break before taking the Eurotunnel shuttle back to Britain. He sighted the legs of the 22-year-old migrant after the 4 and a half hour drive in his Nissan Navara from Folkestone to his house.
Businessman Paul said: “When I saw a face I asked ‘Where do you come from, Calais?’
“He didn’t speak English but was able to ask if he was in England. I said ‘Yes — well Wales actually’ and he made a prayer sign and smiled.
“I asked him again where he was from and he said ‘Africa’.
“He had a phone and was trying to contact someone here.
“I’ve never seen my wife’s mouth open so wide as when she saw him step out of the boot.”
Paul called police and gave the stowaway some water and chocolate while they waited for them. The man was arrested and handed to immigration officials. Paul, Janet and two friends had been on a four-day trip and stopped at Calais for an hour before boarding the shuttle.
He said: “The three others went for a coffee while I had a nap in the vehicle. He could have jumped in while I was asleep.”
During the drive from Folkestone Paul stopped twice, to get petrol and for a toilet break.
The Home Office said the man will be dealt according to immigration rules. Lorry drivers face fines if stowaway migrants are found but holidaymakers do not.