Where are they?: Home Office remains silent on the location of two migrant men who stowed away in luggage compartment of coach carrying children back to UK from a French school trip as panicked parents and students say their bags were ‘covered in urine’

The Home Office has remained silent on the location of two migrant men who stowed away with the luggage in a school bus returning from a trip to France.

Two men, believed to be in their early 20s, were found lying in the hold as their bus returned to Hounsdown School – a Science College – in Southampton, Hampshire.

After the door was opened, one of the men tried to run inside, but was stopped by parents waiting to pick up their children. One child’s luggage was said to be ‘crumpled’ and covered in urine.

The police were called to the incident, but no one has been arrested yet. A spokesman said they were ‘possibly illegal immigrants’ but the Home Office has so far refused to say whether the two men have been detained or where they are.

One mother said she went into ‘panic mode’ and said ‘excusez moi’ to one of the men so she could duck past to get her child’s bag.

Another said: ‘My daughter came running and she said ‘there are people sitting in where the bags are’.

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

Student Scarlett Quinn tells ITV she was shocked when she realized someone was among the luggage and said he looked ‘comfy’.

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.

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

A school bus returned to Hounsdown School in Southampton 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 children visited Boulogne University about 20 miles from Calais.

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

Student Scarlett Quinn tells ITV : ‘We got off the bus and the compartment was opened…then I saw a man sitting underneath.

‘He was very calm, he just sat and stared at us and he seemed quite comfortable. My friend and I were like ‘oh my god, there’s someone sitting there’.

She said she saw their legs and then ‘ran to my mum’, adding ‘it was all a bit of a shock really’.

One mother described the incident as ‘horrific’ and it was said one of the men tried to run away but was stopped by parents.

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The pupils had just returned from a three-day school trip which visited 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.

But it is unclear at what point the French-speaking migrants boarded the coach.

Parents at the school claim one of the men tried to run away.

Hampshire Police confirmed no arrests had been made.

The Home Office has yet to clarify whether the men have been detained, and their whereabouts have not been confirmed.

The mother describes the moment the men were found: ‘(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.”

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.”

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 three 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.”

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 .

“The teachers couldn’t have done a better job the whole way, I really feel for them now.”

Another mother, Tabi, tells the BBC: ‘My daughter came running and she said ‘there are people sitting in where the bags are’.

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

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

A spokesman for Hampshire Police said: ‘We were called just before 5.15pm on Saturday 10 February to reports that two people, possibly illegal immigrants, had been found at Hounsdown School in Totton. Officers attended. No arrests have been made.’

MailOnline has contacted Hounsdown School for comment.

Under Rishi Sunak's Rwanda plan, which has yet to be implemented, asylum seekers crossing the English Channel in small inflatable boats will be flown to Rwanda

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

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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 yesterday

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 yesterday

It comes after more than 120 migrants crossed the Channel in three small boats on Saturday, bringing the total number of arrivals this year to 1,506.

A total of 124 migrants made the dangerous crossing over the choppy waters, the Home Office confirmed.

The total figure for arrivals this year is down from the 2,072 at the same point in 2023, but up from 1,339 in 2022.

The total for the number intercepted by the Border Force for this week is 171 while the highest number to cross in a single day so far this year was 358 on 17 January.

Apart from the crossings on Saturday and Thursday, small boats have not been intercepted since January 31.

Last week, an illegal Channel migrant living under a rowing boat on a Kent beach spoke of his struggles to leave the country.

In a stunning claim, the 25-year-old Syrian says he is ‘trapped’ in this country and wants out.

He has been trying to escape the UK since last summer when he was evicted from a Leeds hotel used by the Home Office for asylum seekers.

For five months he played a nightly game of cat and mouse with the police in the port of Dover as he secretly tried to board a cross-channel lorry bound for France by ferry.

Border Force escorts 50 migrants to Dover Docks, Kent at the weekend

Border Force escorts 50 migrants to Dover Docks, Kent at the weekend

Migrants are brought ashore after being picked up in the English Channel on 17 January

Migrants are brought ashore after being picked up in the English Channel on 17 January

He told how he claimed asylum after arriving in Dover on a human traffickers dinghy from France in August 2021 – one of 28,526 migrants who crossed the Channel that year.

On his arrival he told the Home Office he had run away from the Syrian civil war as a teenager and his return would mean a call-up to the army, where his life would be in danger.

But he broke Home Office asylum rules five months ago when he left the Britannia Hotel in Leeds for a week to try to earn money on the black market.

When he returned hoping for a bed, he was told by officials that his asylum claim was being scrapped. He is on his way to Dover.

Occasionally well-wishers leave cans of beer for him next to the overturned boat on the rocky beach.

He would very much like to pay a trafficker’s ‘agent’ to put him on a truck or private boat to sail to France undetected.

However, the going rate can add up to more than £1,800 – and he added: ‘Other migrants have left like this but I can’t collect it’.