BRUTAL Eurostar commandants last night forced a mother-of-two to make an agonising choice between her offspring.
After a 943-hour wait at London’s St Pancras station, Nikki Hollis was pulled aside and told by two stern-faced men in uniforms that there was only one adult and one child seat left on the train she had hoped would take herself and both her children to the safety of France.
Hollis said: “I screamed at them ‘No, I won’t choose, I won’t!’ while ineffectually pounding the taller man’s chest with my fists.
“He grabbed my wrists and said, ‘If you don’t choose, I’ll take them both’. I knew from the darkness in his eyes that he meant it.”
She added: “I decided to take my eight year-old daughter, Eva, as my son Jan is a year older and has become annoying.
“I gave him my credit card and told him to go to the nearest Hotel Ibis and ask for their cheapest available room, then stay there until I can send help.
“If it’s the last time I see him I shall definitely be writing a letter of complaint at some point.”
St Pancras remains teeming with thousands of desperate refugees hoping to escape before England is forever crushed under the boot of Nazi snow.
Would-be traveller, Tom Logan, said: “I’ve been trading cigarettes, mainly for other cigarettes, but I am hoping to barter my last remaining iTunes credits for a pain au chocolat.”
He added: “They say that in France a man can live free. Plus they have gritters and stuff.”