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Fugitive convicted pedophile ran through the channel tunnel to avoid the police


Ryan Murryland, 31, was arrested on December 21 in the French section of the tunnel between Kent and the Pas de Calais

The Briton who walked through the Channel Tunnel and was arrested by French police in Calais is a convicted pedophile, as MailOnline can reveal.

Ryan Murryland, 31, was arrested on December 21 in the French section of the tunnel that connects Folkestone in Kent and Coquelles in northern France.

Murrayland, from Manchester, was jailed in 2015 for sexual activity with a child. He was on the run last year for breaking bail after he was released from prison.

At the time, Detective Supt Angela Gray of the Greater Manchester Police Department said, "If you've seen Murrayland or have any information on where he may be, please give us a call right away. I would also urge him to contact us when he sees this. & # 39;

He has since been arrested and has served his sentence after being recalled to prison.

However, registered sex offenders are not allowed to leave the UK without permission from the police

The pedophile was formally arrested by French border police at the French border post after apparently climbing four security fences and dodging 400 surveillance cameras before running through the tunnel in the dark.

He was charged with two crimes: boarding a train with permission and refusing to obey railway regulations.

Murrayland, who refused to give his name when he was arrested, will appear in court on February 1st in Boulogne-sur-Mer and face six months in prison if convicted.

The pedophile was formally arrested by French border police at the French border post after apparently climbing four security fences and dodging 400 surveillance cameras before running through the tunnel in the dark

The pedophile was formally arrested by French border police at the French border post after apparently climbing four security fences and dodging 400 surveillance cameras before running through the tunnel in the dark

Murrayland, who refused to give his name when he was arrested, will appear in court in Boulogne-sur-Mer on February 1st and face six months in prison if convicted (file photo)

Murrayland, who refused to give his name when he was arrested, will appear in court in Boulogne-sur-Mer on February 1st and face six months in prison if convicted (file photo)

The 31-year-old may have entered the service tunnel that lies between the two train tunnels and is used to evacuate passengers in the event of an incident. He may also have walked the narrow sidewalks on either side of the tracks and had to endure high temperatures, changes in air pressure and the roaring noise of trains traveling at 100 km / h

The 31-year-old may have entered the service tunnel that lies between the two train tunnels and is used to evacuate passengers in the event of an incident. He may also have walked the narrow sidewalks on either side of the tracks and had to endure high temperatures, changes in air pressure and the roaring noise of trains traveling at 100 km / h

A French court source told MailOnline: “The British national arrested in the Channel Tunnel is Ryan Tyson Murrayland, born on May 23, 1989 in Manchester.

"He refused to give his name when he was arrested, but British police confirmed his identity to us."

The pedophile may have access to the service tunnel, accessible at the UK terminal in southern England and located between the two rail tunnels.

Murrayland, from Manchester, was jailed in 2015 for sexual activity with a child. He had been on the run from British police since October for violating the terms of his bail

Murrayland, from Manchester, was jailed in 2015 for sexual activity with a child. He had been on the run from British police since October for violating the terms of his bail

He may also have walked a narrow sidewalk on either side of the tracks in one of the train tunnels that are connected to the service tunnel every 375 meters.

If he had walked through the train tunnels, he would have been forced to endure incredibly high temperatures, changes in air pressure, and the roaring noise of 100-mile trains.

Eurotunnel had warned that anyone trying to walk along the lines would be killed, with the risk of both high-speed trains and potentially fatal electrical currents.

It is estimated that the traffic disruption caused by the incident cost Eurotunnel – the operator of the Channel Tunnel – approximately £ 45,000 in lost revenue.

The incident raised serious questions about border police after the UK left the EU on January 1.

Tony Smith, former head of the UK Border Force, told MailOnline: “The Channel Tunnel is an important part of our national infrastructure.

Therefore, the safety of the tunnel and its users is of paramount importance to both the UK and French governments.

"It is important that both sides carry out an urgent review to determine how this incident was allowed to happen to ensure that criminals and terrorists are no longer allowed access in the future."

MP Damian Collins told MailOnline: I'm glad the intruder was caught before a nasty accident could happen, although I don't understand before it caused significant disruption and lost revenue to Eurotunnel.

“This is a very rare occurrence and I would like to thank the UK and French authorities for dealing with it so quickly.

The pedophile may have access to the service tunnel, accessible at the UK terminal in southern England and located between the two train tunnels (file photo).

The pedophile may have access to the service tunnel, accessible at the UK terminal in southern England and located between the two train tunnels (file photo).

It is only the second known incident of its kind. In 2015, Abdul Haroun (pictured) walked the length of the Canal Tunnel and was eventually granted asylum in the UK

It is only the second known incident of its kind. In 2015, Abdul Haroun (pictured) walked the length of the Canal Tunnel and was eventually granted asylum in the UK

"It could have been much worse. I hope that the already substantial security controls on both sides will be stepped up to prevent a recurrence."

Alp Mehmet, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “Our borders still seem porous. This latest breach shows the urgent need to invest in immigration control. What we would all like to know is when exactly are we going to regain control? & # 39;

It is only the second known incident of its kind and occurred despite massive security measures in the underwater facility.

The Channel Tunnel consists of three tunnels, each 31 miles in length, located an average of 40 m below the sea floor, connecting Folkestone to Coquelles in Calais.

Shuttles, Eurostar and freight trains travel at speeds of up to 100 km / h along the channel tunnel line and pose an immense risk to anyone walking in the tunnel.

A spokesman for Eurotunnel said: “A person was discovered in the Channel Tunnel and taken into custody by the French authorities.

"As there is currently a criminal case, we are unable to comment any further."

A Sudanese migrant who walked down the Channel Tunnel from France in 2015 was granted asylum in Great Britain a year later.

Abdul Haroun was initially charged with blocking a railway under 19th century law before he was also taken into custody.

Instead, the 40-year-old was granted asylum, which led to Eurotunnel saying in a statement: “He not only disrupted Eurotunnel and the many freight and passenger customers traveling at the time, but also his own life and that of others in Danger. & # 39;

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