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The Romanian driver of the lorry has been arrested by the French border police who will investigate.
Dave Hutchinson, Border Force Deputy Director for South East & Europe, said: “The dangers of using refrigerated lorries and sealed tankers in this way are self evident. The consequences are potentially fatal."
In 2000, 58 Chinese immigrants died after being sealed into the back of a lorry which was stopped at Dover.
The stowaways, 41 male and seven female, are all said to be in good health. They were handed over to the French authorities. Three of the group were believed to be minors.
The lorry was empty apart from the stowaways, all though to be Albanian nationals. It was scheduled to drive to a location in Dover to pick up a load for delivery to France.
It had no external lock or seal when it was checked by Border Force officers. The refrigeration unit was not turned on.
Border Force officers based in France, have found 48 stowaways hidden in the back of a refrigerated lorry.
The would-be illegal immigrants were discovered during routine checks on Tuesday (Jan 21) as the trucked waited to board a cross-Channel shuttle to Folkestone.