Suspected Illegal Immigrants Found On A1 Referred To Immigration Service

17 June 2015, 12:01 | Updated: 17 June 2015, 12:08

A number of suspected illegal immigrants who were on-board a lorry which was stopped yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) on the A1 northbound near to the junction with the B1081 have been referred to immigration services.

Police received information from Hertfordshire police of about 30 possible immigrants in the back of a French lorry, travelling north on the M11.

The youngest were 13 years old. They were all from Kuwait, Syria, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

A total of 27 men were arrested for immigration offences. Five were taken to the King's Lynn Police Investigation Centre and 22 were taken to Thorpe Wood Police Station in Peterborough.

The driver of the lorry, a 54-year-old man from Dover, was arrested on suspicion of facilitating immigration and has been bailed to return to Thorpe Wood Police Station on August 17.

The 26 people in the back of the lorry have been released from police custody with no further action and referred to immigration services.