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Public asked to check outbuildings as search continues for missing men

North Yorkshire Police say five suspected illegal immigrants seen getting off a lorry on a busy stretch of road near Boroughbridge are still missing.

Officers have been carrying out house to house enquiries in the area, and specialist teams with sniffer dogs have been searching the land.

The lorry driver who was arrested on suspicion of an immigration offence has been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Three men who were arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally are now in the custody of the Visa and Immigration service.

Police are appealing to members of the public to report any sightings, particularly along the A1 corridor around the Boroughbridge area. They are also appealing to members of the public to check their sheds and outbuildings for signs of occupation in case any of the missing men had taken shelter there.

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Five men missing after 'around fifteen people' seen disembarking from lorry near Harrogate

North Yorkshire Police say they are 'extremely concerned' for the welfare of around five men who are missing after a number of people were seen to disembark from a lorry on a busy stretch of road.

Eyewitnesses reported that a lorry pulled over on the A168 near the J48 turn-off of the A1M near Boroughbridge, where a number of people were seen to get off.

Nine of the people who had been on board have been taken to Harrogate, where they are receiving support from police and social services.

They include:

  • a mum, dad and their three children
  • one young woman
  • a single mother with two children

There is currently no description of the missing men, but the force is asking people to contact them if they see anyone in the area who appears vulnerable and may have got off the vehicle.

The lorry has been secured and will be moved.

New CCTV image released as search for missing George Bass continues

The search for missing 77-year-old George Bass from Harrogate is continuing today with enquiries centred around Leeds.

George Bass on the number 36 bus arriving in Leeds

The last confirmed sighting of George is on CCTV as he got off a bus at Leeds bus station and headed to Kirkgate market on Wednesday afternoon.

Police are working with the bus company, CCTV operators and retail outlets to try and piece together George's movements after this confirmed sighting.

As part of their enquiries, they are appealing to any members of the public, including Leeds shop workers or other public facing staff to contact them if have seen George over the past few days or know where he is now.

George is described as white, 5ft 4in tall with grey receding hair, brown eyes and a pale complexion. He was last seen wearing a grey waterproof jacket with a blue fleece underneath, brown trousers, a dark blue hat, dark blue gloves and black shoes.

Police ask residents to search outbuildings for missing pensioner

Police are asking residents in Harrogate to check outbuildings in case a missing pensioner has taken shelter in them. 77-year-old George Bass was last seen on Wednesday on King's Road just before midday.

George Bass Credit: North Yorkshire Police

George is described as white, 5ft 4in tall with grey receding hair, brown eyes and a pale complexion. He was last seen wearing a grey waterproof jacket with a blue fleece underneath, brown trousers, a dark blue hat, dark blue gloves and black shoes.

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