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26 suspected illegal immigrants who were found in the back of a lorry on the A1 have been released from police custody.
The men and women - some of them as young as 13 - were arrested after the French truck they were travelling in was stopped yesterday (Tuesday 16th June) near Stamford.
The driver, a 54-year-old man from Dover, was arrested on suspicion of facilitating immigration and has been bailed until next month.
The 26 people in the back of the lorry have been referred to immigration services.
The Home Office says it believes the immigrants found in a lorry on the A1 near Stamford are Iranian, Iraqi, Turkish and Syrian nationals. One of them is a child.
A 54 year-old Polish man who was driving the lorry has been arrested on suspicion of facilitating a breach of the UK’s immigration laws.
Five of the 27 have been taken to hospital and the others remain detained at police stations.
We continue to strengthen the security of the border to stop illegal immigrants entering the UK. Using some of the best technology in the world, together Border Force and the French authorities prevented more than 39,000 attempts to cross the Channel illegally in 2014/15 —more than double the number prevented the previous year.
We are also addressing the wider problem of illegal migration by increasing joint intelligence work with the French to target the organised crime gangs behind people smuggling.
The Immigration Act of 2014 made it harder for people to live in the UK illegally. The new Immigration Bill will build on this and we will take tougher action on those who shouldn't be here, by rooting out illegal immigrants and boosting deportations.
Cambridgeshire police are processing a total of 27 people arrested for immigration offences after a lorry full of suspected immigrants was stopped on the A1 near Stamford.
They were taken to Thorpe Wood Police Station in and King's Lynn Police Investigation Centre.
This includes the driver of the lorry, a 54-year-old man from Dover, arrested on suspicion of assisting unlawful entry to the UK.
Five of those detained have been taken to Peterborough City Hospital believed to be suffering dehydration – none are believed to be seriously ill.
The East of England Ambulance Service says it took five people to hospital after a group of 27 suspected illegal immigrants were found in a lorry on the A1 near Stamford.
They were called to Great North Road, north of Peterborough, at 11:56 am.
Three ambulances, four ambulance officers and the hazardous area response team where at the scene. They assessed around 25 patients.
Cambridgeshire police have arrested a lorry driver after they found a group of possible immigrants in the back of the vehicle. The driver is suspected of facilitating immigration.
Officers stopped the lorry as it was heading north on the A1 near Stamford in Lincolnshire.
They were tipped off by Hertfordshire police this morning about 30 possible immigrants in the back of a French lorry, travelling north on the M11.
It's been reported that the A1 was closed while the police stopped the lorry. The lorry has been taken to nearby Haddon services.
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