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Birmingham school coach stowaway suspect arrested

A man clung to the bottom of a school coach returning from a trip to France for 250 miles after allegedly making his way into the country.

A group from Perry Beeches Academy arrived back in Birmingham on Saturday after the school trip to France.

Police said the stowaway was found on the axle under the coach.

A 35-year-old from Sudan has been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences and is being dealt with by UK Border Force.

'Sad story'

Head teacher Liam Nolan said he thought the man travelled underneath the coach from Calais, on the Eurotunnel to Folkestone and then on to Birmingham.

He described the incident as "terribly bizarre but a sad story in lots of ways".

He criticised police at the border and said it was his staff who spotted a man under the coach as they arrived back at the Great Barr school.

He "collapsed out" from underneath the vehicle as staff got off and they managed to keep him at the school until the police arrived, Mr Nolan said.

Immigration and Security Minister James Brokenshire said: "As our border controls become stronger, we are seeing illegal immigrants taking increasingly dangerous risks to enter the UK.

"We are working with the French authorities to help tighten up security even more to stop this from happening."

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