Jail for explosives claim German....24 September 2002

Contributed by localrags on Nov 11, 2002 - 10:28 AM

A German lorry driver, who was arrested at the Channel Tunnel at 4.30pm on Friday, 20 September, as he was leaving the UK, has been jailed for 28 days.

Alexander Meusel, aged 31, from Annaberg in Germany, was charged with wasting police time. He pleaded guilty at Folkestone Magistrates' Court on Monday (23 September 2002)

He was arrested on Friday as he was going through the Euroscan, leaving the UK, after claiming he had explosives. He was initially arrested under the Terrorism Act. An exhaustive search by Kent Police and Eurotunnel staff revealed nothing.

Investgating Officer DS Ron Cottam said: "The safety of people travelling through the Channel Tunnel and the security of the trains themselves are treated extremely seriously. It is obvious from this result that the courts are also prepared to treat the Tunnel's security with the seriousness which it warrants. This was a blatant waste of police time."