Several migrants have been found in the luggage hold of a coach full of children at the end of a school trip.

Stunned parents and teachers looked on in shock when the luggage hold was opened at Hounsdown School in Totton after youngsters arrived back on Saturday evening.

One parent said two men, thought to be in their early 20s, were found among the luggage.

One of the men tried to run off but was stopped by gathered parents.

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The coach had been carrying children Year 9 and 10 pupils, who had just come back from a three-day school trip visiting Boulogne University about 20 miles south of Calais.

The teachers and pupils had travelled home on the coach via the Eurotunnel at Calais, returning to Totton on Saturday evening.

"It was horrendous," one mum told the Echo.

Describing the moment the men were found to the Echo, she said: "[My son's] luggage was covered in urine and his belongings crumpled by one of the men being on top of it!"

She added: "I asked them (in French) if they spoke English or French and they replied French, I was about to ask them where they’d come from but got ushered away by the teachers."

Following the discovery, she panicked and her only thought was to grab her 14-year-old son's baggage from the coach.

She said: “The only way I can describe it is panic mode.

"My one aim was to get my child off the bus, and once I had I went back as I couldn’t handle seeing kids being asked to take their baggage out of the hold.

"I just said 'excusez moi' to the gent and leaned over him to get the rest of the bags out as my son's was tucked underneath him."

Posting on social media, another parent said: “Just picked my daughter up from her school trip to France. The coach driver opened up the bottom to get the suitcases and found 3 immigrants sat in there.”

It’s understood police were called to the incident.

Several parents who saw the incident have told of their shock.

“They looked completely fine and comfy,” one said on social media.

“Not being funny but I'm angry about it. They got access to a coach carrying school children.

”It's one thing to get in a lorry but a very different thing to manage to get in to a coach without being seen.”

He added: “Was an absolute shocker to see a person sat there as the kids went forward to get their bags.”

Another parent said: “My son is so upset bless him, he’s told me to cancel him going away next year with the school and has said he’d rather wait until he can pay to go when he’s older!

”Poor little… after such an incredible trip too! The teachers couldn’t have done a better job the whole way through, I really do feel for them right now.”