British tourists in France find two young migrants hiding in car roof box

Two British tourists have filed a police complaint after discovering that two young African migrants had hidden in the storage box of their car, hoping to make their way to the UK.

British tourists in France find two young migrants hiding in car roof box
The tourists discovered the migrants when they stopped at a service station. Illustration photo: AFP

The British couple stopped at a service station on the A29 in Normandy and heard a noise coming from the rooftop luggage box of their car. When they opened it they were astonished to find two young migrants hiding inside, reported France Bleu radio.

It is believed the two – 16-year-olds from Eritrea and Guinea according to the gendarmerie – had targeted the car because of its British plates, believing it would take them over the border and into the UK.

In fact the couple and their children had just arrived in France and were heading to their holiday destination.

A video posted online appears to show the moment the two migrants are discovered in the roof box.

The British couple, along with their two children are clearly shocked and angry when they discover the two teenage migrants and the fact their belongings had been removed from the box.

The family ask for help from a French bystander to call the police as the migrants head off away from the scene.

The tourists told police that they had stayed in Calais overnight after arriving on the Eurotunnel and it is believed that is where the stowaways got into their car.

The two migrants fled but were then caught by local police. As they were minors prosecutors in Dieppe issued a care order, but French media report that social services refused to take them into care so they have now been released.

In order to make room in the luggage box, the men had thrown out items of luggage, so the two tourists filed a complaint for theft. 


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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”