Migrant dies near French entrance to Channel Tunnel


A migrant has died after trying to board a UK-bound freight shuttle near the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in France, officials have said.

The victim was reportedly electrocuted after attempting to clamber on to the shuttle in the latest bid by migrants to reach Britain.

Chunnel operator Eurotunnel said the shuttle was stopped shortly after leaving the platforms in Calais due to migrants on the tracks at around 10.20pm last night.

When the shuttle was searched, a number of migrants were found. One was unconscious and another was injured.

A Eurotunnel spokesman said: "The emergency services were called and immediately took them into their care. The authorities have subsequently confirmed the death of one of those taken into their charge.

"This sad incident shows once again that any attempt to travel illegally through the Channel Tunnel is fraught with danger."