Migrants halt Channel Tunnel trains for second day running

By Harriet Alexander
6:09PM BST 24 Aug 2015

 Migrants have been attempting to enter the tunnel all month Photo: AP

Migrants have been attempting to enter the tunnel all month Photo: AP

Eurostar and Eurotunnel services have been delayed by migrants in Calais breaking onto the SNCF tracks – as a Sudanese man appeared before a court in Kent charged with trespass Train services through the Channel Tunnel were on Monday halted once again by migrants, who broke through the barriers in Calais to walk along the tracks.

Eurotunnel and Eurostar services were both suspended for an hour while the migrants were removed from the train lines. On Sunday the services had been disrupted for three and a half hours, after migrants were spotted clinging to a freight train in Calais.

And the delays came as a Sudanese migrant appeared in court in Kent charged with trespass, having walked through the tunnel and arrived in Britain on August 4.

Abdul Rahman Haroun, 40, is believed to be the first migrant to have successfully competed the highly-dangerous journey, dodging the thundering trains underground for 31 miles.

He appeared at Canterbury Crown Court in Kent, charged under an 1861 law on malicious damage with causing an obstruction to an engine or carriage using the railway.

Speaking through an Arabic interpreter he pleaded not guilty and was remanded in custody until his next court appearance, due on November 9. His trial is then scheduled to begin on January 4.

Source: The Telegraph