An international pop star said she found two stowaways hiding inside her tour bus as she prepared to enter the UK from continental Europe.
Amy Shark, who is better known in her native Australia for songs such as I Said Hi, said she found the incident “scary”.
In a social media dispatch to her 24,000 Twitter followers after her gig in Belgium on Sunday night, the 32-year-old said: “Scary. We just found two people hiding in our tour bus, in the luggage carrier, trying to sneak across the border into the UK.
“No idea how they got in there or who they are or their plans. I didn’t think this stuff happened I’m so naive hey. Everyone’s ok though.”
The circumstances around how the duo entered or fled the tour bus have not been explained.
Shark – real name Amy Louise Billings – subsequently clarified her remarks after a backlash from some people that her situation did not compare with the plight of those attempting to smuggle themselves into the UK.
She added: “The situation is scary. I feel for them, a very dangerous way to chase a new life.
“It’s heartbreaking but the bus is also my home when I’m on the road and I didn’t expect to find people hiding in it. Please don’t twist my words x”
The singer is due to play in Birmingham on Tuesday before gigs in London and Manchester.
The desperation of migrants attempting to reach the UK from Europe has been brought into sharp focus in recent times, with evidence of some attempting to cross the Channel by boat.
Last week the British and French governments agreed a new £6 million action plan to combat illegal migration across the English Channel.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid and French interior minister Christophe Castaner vowed to increase joint co-operation after a rise in the number of migrants attempting to cross the “dangerous shipping lane” in small boats.