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Migrant sneaks in with border force

August 02, 2009|Times Wire Reports

The British government says an illegal immigrant sneaked into the country by smuggling himself aboard a bus full of border agents.

Britain's Home Office says the man hid in the small space between the bus' chassis and its fuel tank as it traveled through the Channel Tunnel from the French town of Coquelles to the British coastal city of Dover.

The Daily Mail newspaper reported that the bus was carrying at least 20 Border Agency staff members, whose job it is to keep illegal immigrants out. The newspaper reported that the man was spotted dropping from the bus to the road, but ran away before he could be caught.

The Home Office said the incident occurred within the last week but could not immediately give a precise date. It said the man had not been caught.

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