Just found an attempted stowaway

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by Allanm, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. Allanm

    Allanm Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2013
    Messages:
    3,039
    Likes Received:
    4,106
    Location:
    Cotes d'armor, France
    on our way back via Eurotunnel, we stopped at the pet check in, joking about the illegals probably having a day off as its Sunday. We got back to the van and our beagle was very interested in sniffing under the van. So, I looked underneath and a young man was hanging on between the rear steadies. I told him to get down and he went on his way back to the woods with a smile and a handshake.
    Scary place to try and hang on, there isn't much room and he was suspended between his neck and ankles. I would have given him less than an hour before he fell off!
    We told French border security who looked under the van, then UK border control who were a bit more interested.
    So, if you go to the pet check in, it's worth looking underneath before you drive off!
    We are on the tunnel now, this happened at midday, so they don't all try it at night!
    Allan
     
    • Like Like x 10
  2. movan

    movan Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2009
    Messages:
    12,861
    Likes Received:
    22,465
    Location:
    Moving around
    Wow, Allan, thank goodness you found him. You would have felt terrible if the first you knew was a bump as he fell off under the wheels.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  3. Jim

    Jim Ringleader

    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2007
    Messages:
    25,845
    Likes Received:
    76,162
    Location:
    Sutton on Sea
    Well done Allan. I doubt anyone could hide from the nose of a Beagle maybe we should all get one :)
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. Flyingscotsman2

    Flyingscotsman2

    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2014
    Messages:
    1,657
    Likes Received:
    1,146
    Location:
    Birmingham
    Congrats Allan.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  5. frogijock

    frogijock Funster

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2008
    Messages:
    699
    Likes Received:
    395
    Location:
    Lincolnshire
    Can't beat a good dog for scenting illegals, I think our new Staffie will put the wind up any who try it on our van
     
    • Like Like x 1
  6. Reallyretired

    Reallyretired Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2008
    Messages:
    5,706
    Likes Received:
    3,211
    Location:
    Eastbourne East Sussex
    We made sure Meg had a good look under the MH the last time we stopped at the pet bit of the tunnel. I couldn't see how anyone could hang on underneath but apparently it can be done. My eldest son had one hang on under a coach he was on, only found after they left the M20.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  7. Forestboy

    Forestboy Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2007
    Messages:
    4,941
    Likes Received:
    7,685
    Location:
    Forest of Dean
    Seems to be the Pet Area all the time, as I said we came through on Tuesday no pets no sign of them.
     
  8. dewaltman

    dewaltman

    Joined:
    May 19, 2008
    Messages:
    159
    Likes Received:
    49
    Location:
    south wales
    Simple solution that authorities seem reluctant to do is cut the bushes down and they have nowhere to hide or put some security guards there , it really is a small area to patrol and why the pet passport officials don't warn you is beyond belief since it happened to me this is the 6th motorhome that I've read about that illegals have been found under in the last 4 weeks no need to be nervous of calais or change plans just check underneath your van
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. Jackyboy61

    Jackyboy61 Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2014
    Messages:
    111
    Likes Received:
    165
    Location:
    North Wales
    Interesting program on 132 5*+1 on illegal immigrants trying to get into UK through Calais
     
  10. Blossom60

    Blossom60 Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2011
    Messages:
    56
    Likes Received:
    16
    2014-09-19-766.jpg Our dog was supposed to be checking out the van while waiting for the ferry.....hmmm , obviously taking no notice as usual!!!
     
    • Like Like x 3
  11. jockaneezer

    jockaneezer Funster

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2010
    Messages:
    1,593
    Likes Received:
    3,067
    Location:
    Cumbria
    We came through last Wednesday and I stayed with the van while Val took the dogs to get their chips read, but on the way into Calais, on the eastbound carriageway we saw a guy possibly from Chad, doing an impression of Chad behind the wind deflector of an artic :eek:
     
    • Like Like x 1
  12. Allanm

    Allanm Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2013
    Messages:
    3,039
    Likes Received:
    4,106
    Location:
    Cotes d'armor, France
    The UK police seemed surprised when I told them. We also told them that when we told the French Duane, there were no Eurotunnel reps around so she was going to notify them to get patrols in the Pet travel centre car park. The bushes have been cut right back but the trees are there and you can see right into the woods, but the ground drops away from the car park ground level and I suppose it's easy for anybody to hide there. A couple of people wandering around would be a good deterrent
    Allan
     
  13. AuldCodger

    AuldCodger Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2009
    Messages:
    284
    Likes Received:
    126
    Location:
    ?
    Sorry to all the other posters but after seeing that Allanm has a Beagle that captured my interest. We to travel all over with our Beagle, great wee people they are.
    Unfortunately ours would have more interest in a month old half eaten croissant than an illegal.
     
  14. Allanm

    Allanm Funster

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2013
    Messages:
    3,039
    Likes Received:
    4,106
    Location:
    Cotes d'armor, France
    He only sniffed out the chap under the van because there was nothing left to eat in the car park!
    They do eat anything ( and everything) though don't they?
     
Loading...

Share This Page