Sunday, 24 September 2017

Photos: 22 year-old, Ethiopian stowaway hid in the boot of a Nissan Truck as he travels from France to Wales



Paul Edmunds and his wife stopped in Calais for a quick break before taking the Eurotunnel to Wales when the Ethiopian got into the car

Paul got home from France — and found an Ethiopian illegal immigrant hiding in the boot of his Nissan.

Stunned 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.

Paul and wife Janet stopped in the French port for a toilet break before taking the Eurotunnel shuttle back to Britain.

But as Paul unpacked their Nissan Navara at home following a 4½ hour drive from Folkestone he spotted a strange pair of trainers.

Then he saw the legs of the 22-year-old migrant, who had trekked 4,500 miles to reach Paul’s home in Caersws, Wales.

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.




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