Two stowaway migrants found in the luggage hold of a coach after a school trip to France were treated with ‘compassion’ by staff and parents despite claims they left bags ‘covered in urine’

Two illegal migrants found hiding in the boot of a school coach were treated with ‘compassion’ by staff and parents and posed ‘no threat’, the school said today – despite claims they had bags of urine covered.

The suspected illegal immigrants were found when children from Hounsdown School in Totton, Hampshire returned from a trip to France.

The school pupils, their teachers and their parents who were waiting to collect them were left stunned when they arrived home from the three-day journey and found the stowaways.

Two men were found hiding among the luggage when the hold was opened after the journey back to the UK.

In a statement, the school said: ‘Following the Hampshire Police statement released at the weekend, the school can confirm that two possible illegal immigrants were discovered hiding in the boot of a coach which was on a school trip from brought France back down.

A school bus returned to Hounsdown School in Totton, Hampshire on Saturday, only to find two unexpected passengers hiding with the luggage below.

A school bus returned to Hounsdown School in Totton, Hampshire on Saturday, only to find two unexpected passengers hiding with the luggage below.

Pictured is Hounsdown School, where the pupils have returned after their trip to France

Pictured is Hounsdown School, where the pupils have returned after their trip to France

‘The police immediately attended, although there was no sense of threat to the school community.

‘The two people who were found were treated with compassion by staff and parents throughout.

‘Investigations into the matter rest with the Home Office and work with other agencies as required, and therefore we have no further comment to make.’

The Department of Home Affairs said they would not be sharing further information about the incident at this time.

A Home Office spokesman added: ‘The Government is working closely with law enforcement agencies to tackle illegal migration in all its forms.

“Our Illegal Migration Act will mean that people who arrive in the UK illegally are detained and immediately removed to their country of origin or a safe third country.”

One mother who was waiting to collect her child said the incident was ‘horrific’.

One of the men tried to run away, but was stopped by parents and one child’s luggage was apparently covered in urine.

The coach was carrying children aged 9 and 10 who had just returned from a three-day school trip visiting Boulogne University about 20 miles south of Calais.

The teachers and pupils traveled home via the Eurotunnel at Calais on Saturday evening and returned to Totton, near Southampton.

“It was terrible,” said one mother.

Describing the moment the men were found, she said: ‘(My son’s) luggage was covered in urine and his belongings were crumpled by one of the men who was on top of it.

“I asked them (in French) if they spoke English or French and they answered French, I was about to ask them where they were from but was led away by the teachers.”

It comes after 120 migrants crossed the Channel in small boats on Saturday, bringing the total number of arrivals this year to 1,506.  Photos taken at Dover docks on Saturday

It comes after 120 migrants crossed the Channel in small boats on Saturday, bringing the total number of arrivals this year to 1,506. Photos taken at Dover docks on Saturday

After the discovery, she panicked and her only thought was to grab her 14-year-old son’s luggage from the coach.

She said: ‘The only way I can describe it is panic mode.

‘My one aim was to get my child off the bus and as soon as I had I went back because I couldn’t deal with seeing children being asked to take their luggage out of the hold.

“I just said ‘sorry-moi’ to the gentleman and leaned over him to get the rest of the bags out because my son’s was tucked under him.”

Yesterday, a teenage girl described her shock when she discovered the migrants in the coach’s warehouse.

Scarlett Qiunton told ITV Meridian: ‘We got off the bus and the compartment was opened and everyone was just trying to get their bags and then I saw a man sitting down.

‘He was very calm, he was just sitting there staring at us and he looked quite comfortable, and my friend and I were like, ‘Oh my God, there’s someone in there’.

‘The teacher was trying to keep everything calm and just trying to get everyone back home and of course do her teacher good, but then I heard someone else say in my ear, ‘Oh, there’s two more in there’ .

“I kind of saw their legs, and then I ran to my mom.

“It was all just a bit of a shock really.”

Year 9 student Scarlett collected her bag before getting into the car with her mother to head home.

She said despite the shock, she sympathized with the people found in the coach.

“I can’t really blame them,” Scarlett added.

‘They’re probably just trying to get a better life.

“I think it’s important to be respectful because obviously we don’t really know their background and they could be from a war-torn country or something.”

A mother, who was at the school to collect her daughter, told the BBC: ‘I saw one boy with his hood up, but I believe there were two boys.’

The woman, identified only as Tabi, added: ‘They looked to be between 20 and 30 years old.’

‘My daughter came running and she said ‘Oh my God, there are people sitting where the bags are’.

‘Obviously it’s quite worrying because there were 36 children on the coach and nobody knew they were there.

“I understand these immigrants want a better life, but it’s not very good to target a coach full of children.”

On social media, another parent said: ‘Just picked up my daughter from her school trip to France. The coachman opened the bottom to get the suitcases and found immigrants sitting there.’

Several parents who witnessed the incident spoke of their shock.

“They looked totally fine and comfortable,” said one on social media.

‘Not to be funny, but I’m angry about it. They gained access to a coach that transports school children.

“It is one thing to get into a truck, but quite another to get into a carriage without being seen.”

The Border Force vessel Typhoon, which is carrying migrants, arrives at Dover docks on Saturday.  One photo shows a migrant wrapped in a foil blanket being pushed into a wheelchair

The Border Force vessel Typhoon, which is carrying migrants, arrives at Dover docks on Saturday. One photo shows a migrant wrapped in a foil blanket being pushed into a wheelchair

He added: ‘It was an absolute shock to see a person sitting there as the children went forward to get their bags.’

Another parent said: ‘My son is so upset, bless him, he told me to cancel him with the school next year and said he’d rather wait until he can pay to go when he’s older .

‘Poor little one* too after such an incredible journey! The teachers couldn’t have done a better job all the way, I really feel for them now.’

Hampshire Police confirmed that officers attended but that no arrests had been made.

A spokesman for the force said: ‘We were called just before 5.15am on Saturday February 10 to reports that two people, possibly illegal immigrants, had been found at Hounsdown School in Totton.

‘Officers attended. No arrests have been made.’