19 Suspected Illegal Immigrants Found In Bicester

25 October 2018, 17:09 | Updated: 25 October 2018, 17:14

immigrants in Bicester

Officials are dealing with 19 suspected illegal immigrants found in the back of a lorry in Bicester.

In a statement, Thames Valley Police said:

"Thames Valley Police was called to a layby on Oxford Road, A41, Bicester, to reports that 19 people were in the back of a trailer at around 4pm yesterday.

"South Central Ambulance crews were called and attended the scene. A number of people were taken to hospital for checks. 

"Occupants who did not require hospital treatment were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences and will be handed over to immigration officers for further investigation."

The Home Office later confirmed:

"Immigration Enforcement was contacted by Thames Valley Police at about 5pm on Wednesday, 24 October, after police officers attended an incident on the A41 in Bicester, Oxfordshire.

"19 people, who presented themselves as Syrian and Iranian nationals, were taken into custody by police as they had entered the UK illegally. 

"The group included a family of six and a family of three and ten adult males. The families have been moved into temporary accommodation and the ten men are in custody pending interview by immigration officers. 

"All of their cases will be dealt with according to the immigration rules."