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Last Updated: Tuesday, 18 October 2005, 15:53 GMT 16:53 UK
Tunnel walk man 'clung to walls'
Shuttle train leaves the Channel Tunnel
Dyer was said to have been walking in just a pair of flip-flops
A man has walked free from court after admitting trekking 30 miles through the Channel Tunnel from England to France.

Lance Dyer, 38, a British national of South African origin, was arrested by French police in Calais on 9 October.

Dyer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to entering a restricted area and was given a six-month conditional discharge by magistrates in Folkestone, Kent.

He claimed he was in the tunnel for almost a day and avoided the 92mph trains by clinging to the walls.

Police were alerted to Dyer's presence after he hit a button and activated an alarm near the end of a north-running tunnel.

There was no specific motivation for what he did
Catherine Sparks, prosecuting

French officers handed him over to Kent Police.

He told them he entered the English side of the tunnel early on 8 October.

The court heard how a patrol team that evening had found a set of step ladders beneath a security fence.

Pieces of cardboard were placed over the barbed wire, but nothing was found during a subsequent site check.

'Wander Europe'

Catherine Sparks, prosecuting, said: "There was no specific motivation for what he did.

"He said he liked to set himself personal challenges and to then carry out those challenges."

Ms Sparks said Dyer, of no fixed address, had planned to "wander around Europe" once in France.

He was originally accused of endangering life by being on a railway line and a public nuisance offence, but these charges were dismissed by Folkestone magistrates.

Kent Police and Eurotunnel said safety and security at the tunnel terminal was kept under constant review.


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