59 Afghans picked up at Chunnel

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59 Afghans picked up at Chunnel

by Ed Harris Police today picked up nearly 60 illegal immigrants who had smuggled themselves into Britain on a Channel Tunnel freight train. The asylum seekers, believed to be 58 Afghans and one Iraqi, are the largest single group ever stopped by British Transport Police. They were spotted as they tried to escape from the train in a marshalling yard near Folkestone.

The men are thought to have used knives to cut their way into the canvas-sided train and then concealed themselves inside as it waited at a red signal at a freight yard in France.

A police spokesman said: "This is the most illegal immigrants we have ever caught in one go. We are expecting them every night at the moment.

"Our officers watch the trains pull into the freight terminal and then wait to see the asylum seekers climb out of the train. There may have been more that got away."


-- Martin Thompson (mthom1927@aol.com), November 06, 2001


Assylum, that's a crock. Afghanistan is such a huge country that it would be quite easy to find sanctuary within there own borders. That's like saying there are riots in Los Angeles and I need to go to New Zealand to escape the mayhem. They're looking for work just like the rest of the overflow from poor countries and Great Britain is supposed to provide that for everyone who wants it just like the U.S. does for its Latin American neighbors.

-- Guy Daley (guydaley1@netzero.net), November 06, 2001.

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