The men, two Sudanese and one Eritrean, held on for over three hours as the coach made the 100-mile trip from a shopping centre in
Somehow they escaped surveillance cameras in the Channel Tunnel.
They then survived the journey through to Ingatestone, near
When the coach stopped the dishevelled trio emerged covered in dirt and oil and staggered off.
But the school caretaker and parents gave chase, leading to all three men being arrested and handed over to the UK Border Agency.
Caretaker Keith Britten said: “The first I saw of them was when I was helping to pull out the cases.
“I saw a face and I thought ‘That isn’t one of the parents’.”
A group of 47 pupils and six teachers from Ingatestone and Fryerning
Rob Perry, a teacher on the trip, said: “These guys just got lucky and, looking at them, they must have been really desperate.”
Ron Gardner, of Gardner Travel, which owns the coach, said: “I have spoken to the driver and he told me that all of the relevant checks were done in
Last night the UK Border Agency said two of the men – a 28-year-old from