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Six stowaways found in Italian truck

  • 21 February 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

Six stowaways were found in a non-UK registered truck in Sussex earlier this week.

The driver of an Italian-registered HGV called the police after he heard banging coming from the trailer after he had stopped on the A27 at Tangmere, near Chichester on Tuesday (18 February).

Six Eritrean nationals aged between 23 and 29 were arrested on suspicion of illegal entry to the UK and were questioned by the UK Border Agency on Wednesday. Four were bailed, while two remain in custody.

Sussex Police set up a rolling road block on the A27 to deal with the incident and closed the road for around half an hour.

A Home Office spokesman said: “When suspected illegal immigrants found on lorries are arrested by police, we respond quickly.”

Last month a report found that the UK Border Agency had neglected to carry out checks on trucks coming into the UK from Calias.


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