South East Wales

Couple's shock at stowaway who 'clung on for 100 miles'

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Media captionChris and Geoff Mullin could not believe it when they saw the man jump out

A stowaway clung on for 100 miles underneath the motorhome of a couple returning to the Vale of Glamorgan following a holiday in France.

Friends following Geoff and Chris Mullin, from Barry, told them they saw someone's leg under their vehicle.

When they stopped at congestion on the M25 in Surrey they were startled to see a man jump out onto the hard shoulder.

A shocked Mrs Mullin said: "He just stared in the window quite insolently and just carried on walking."

The couple and their friends Malcolm and Chris Bell were returning home to south Wales from France on Tuesday when they realised what had happened.

The Mullins think their uninvited passenger had climbed onto the axle as they prepared to leave Calais via the Channel Tunnel.

After arriving at Folkestone, they travelled along three motorways at speeds of up to 65mph and did not stop for nearly two hours until they came to a traffic jam near Cobham services on the M25 in Surrey.

Image caption The Mullins and the Bells discuss the eventful end to their holiday
Image caption The Bells thought they saw someone's leg underneath the Mullins's vehicle

Mr Mullin said: "Suddenly I looked at the side and I could see a gentleman walking along the hard shoulder - I turned to Chris and said, blimey, there must have been somebody under there."

His wife added: "We all thought 'where's he come from on the hard shoulder on the M25?'

"But he wasn't fazed at all - he just stared in the window quite insolently and just carried on walking."

Renewed concern about illegal immigration to the UK via Calais has prompted a Home Office offer of support to the French authorities to tackle the problem.

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire has said the UK could give France the 9ft-high steel fences used at the Nato summit in Newport to improve security at the Channel port.

On Thursday a woman from Kent was shocked when a young man climbed out from behind the front seat of her car when she returned home from France.

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