Asylum seekers found in Dover

Kent Fire and Rescue service have sent six fire engines to an incident in Dover.

Tanker drivers in custody after stowaways found inside tanker on ferry at Dover

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Two tanker drivers are in police custody in Kent after an emergency at the Port of Dover in which 15 asylum seekers were heard knocking - in apparent distress, from the inside of a tanker on a cross-channel ferry.

Some of the fifteen people were treated by paramedics at the scene. Two were taken to hospital. They were all were tested for exposure to hazardous substances.

The incident was a chilling reminder of the tragedy at Dover 13 years ago, when 58 asylum seekers were found suffocated in the back of a sealed lorry. David Johns reports.

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Emergency services at Dover

Fire engine at Docks
Emergency services rushing to the scene of illegal immigrants in tanker Credit: Lucy Curran

Fire engines, police and ambulances are at the docks in Dover after asylum seekers were found in a tanker.

Fifteen asylum seekers were cut out of the tanker and receiving medical treatment at the scene as there is thought to have been hazardous substance in the tanker.

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Delays at Dover ferry port

Cars queues at Dover
There are traffic delays after asylum seekers found in tanker Credit: ITV Meridian

There are delays at the Dover port after fifteen asylum seekers were cut out of a tanker earlier today.

Two have been arrested and taken to hospital to discover whether any hazardous substance was on board.

Two arrested after 15 asylum seekers found in Dover

A critical incident was declared at the Port of Dover today after 15 asylum seekers were found in a tanker on a cross-Channel ferry.

They were discovered on P&O's Spirit of France this morning and two have been taken to hospital amid inquiries to discover whether any hazardous substance was on board.

None of those found in the tanker was in a life-threatening condition, and two drivers have been held in custody, a Port of Dover Police spokeswoman said.

Emergency services at ferry port

Fire engines next to ferry
Ambulances and fire engines are visible next to the ferry Credit: ITV Meridian

Fire engines and ambulances are next to the Spirit of France ferry on which fifteen immigrants were found in a tanker this morning.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service said it was called to deal with incident at about 8.45am.

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