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Subject: Afghan stowaway found inside Sandhurst

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/20/09 at 10:00 am

An illegal immigrant from Afghanistan was found inside Sandhurst military academy after stowing away on an Army coach.

The stowaway was found in a stairwell of the coach after it passed through the gates of Sandhurst, reports The Sun.

The head of the British Army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, was reportedly "incandescent" at the incident.

The coach was carrying a number of officers and other personnel but was driven by a civilian contractor, the MoD said.

An MoD spokesman said: "We can confirm that an individual was discovered onboard a coach within the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst having stowed onboard during the coach's transit from Germany.

"The coach was provided and driven by a civilian contractor who has responsibility for the security of their vehicle.

"Security officers in all Army establishments have been informed and reminded of security procedures to reduce the risk of a further incident of this nature."

The man, who The Sun said was 20 but who claimed to be only 16, was handed over to officials from the UK Border Agency.

Sandhurst academy, which is on the Berkshire and Surrey border, provides training for military personnel. Princes William and Harry have both passed through Sandhurst as part of their officer training.

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