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Teenager's body found on roof of Eurotunnel train

By Harriet Line

Published 23/07/2015

Eurotunnel have put up posters in Calais to warn migrants of the risks of hiding on the trains
Eurotunnel have put up posters in Calais to warn migrants of the risks of hiding on the trains

A teenager's body has been found on the roof of a Eurotunnel train, police confirmed.

The man, who is thought to have been a migrant trying to reach the UK from Calais, was found by police at 4.13am on Thursday on the loading bay of the vehicle shuttle service.

It is believed the man died in France and his body was then carried through the tunnel before being spotted in Folkestone.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "Kent Police was called at 4.13am to a report that the body of a male had been discovered on the loading bay of a Eurotunnel train at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Folkestone.

"Inquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances behind his death."

Eurotunnel have put up posters in Calais to warn migrants of the risks of hiding on the trains, but high levels of desperation mean many take the risk.

On Wednesday, the Channel Tunnel operator asked for an extra 9.7 million euros (£6.8 million) to cover its costs for boosting security to tackle the migrant crisis.

Eurotunnel said it had already spent 13 million euros (£9.1 million) on security measures in the first six months of the year - as much as it spent throughout the whole of last year.

The Government has agreed to pay Eurotunnel 4.7 million euros (£3.3 million), but the new demand comes after strikes by Calais ferry workers in recent days.

The tunnel was temporarily shut on Tuesday after striking French ferry workers set fire to a pile of tyres and blockaded the entrance to a terminal in Calais.

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