A holidaymaker recently got home from France to find a 22-year-old Ethiopian illegal immigrant hiding in the boot of his Nissan. Dumbfounded 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, France, was arrested in Wales.
Paul and wife Janet had stopped in the French port for a toilet break before taking the Euro tunnel 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.
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 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 the police and gave the stowaway some water and chocolate while they waited for them. The man was arrested and handed to immigration officials.The Home Office said the man will be dealt according to immigration rules.