Two illegal immigrants from Albania found hiding in a Lancashire-bound lorry at Portsmouth ferry port have been deported.
The pair, aged 29 and 30, were detained by Border Force officers after they were discovered in a load of stone arriving on a ferry from Caen yesterday lunchtime.
They had cut through the lorry trailer’s canvas roof and neatly sewn the gap up in an attempt to evade detection.
Andy Lumb, of Border Force at Portsmouth, said: “This incident shows the lengths some would-be illegal entrants will go to in a bid to reach the UK.
“Clearly these two men thought they had covered their tracks but were found thanks to the assistance of the ferry operator and determination of Border Force officers."
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The Immigration Minister is due to visit Border Force operations in Dover today. Mark Harper will be given a tour of the port. He will see officers conducting searches and looking for drugs concealed in a freight vehicle.
Three men have been deported after immigration raids in Kent.
UK Border Agency officers arrested two men from Nepal whose visas had expired. They were working at the Loch Fyne Restaurant in the Bluewater shopping centre.
A 25 year old man from Bangladesh was also working illegally at The Spice Lounge in Faversham.
Officers say Bluewater co-operated fully with the UK Border Agency's investigations and will not face any penalty.
A Belgian pilot has been charged with assisting illegal immigration following the arrival of four Albanian nationals at Headcorn Aerodrome.
Jean Francois Hennaux, 34, was arrested by officers from the UK Border Agency on Saturday (June 9).
They also detained two adults and two children from Albania.
The pilot was charged with assisting illegal entry to the UK and was due to appear before Canterbury Magistrates today.
Three people who overstayed their visas have been removed from the UK after raids in Chatham and Cranbrook by the UK Border Agency. Acting on intelligence, officers visited an address in Cranbrook on 28th May. They found a woman from the Philippines who had not left the UK after her visa ran out.
The 30-year old was arrested and was then deported on 7th June. Two men from India, aged 26 and 28, were arrested in Chatham on 29th May and then deported on 5th June.
Anyone who suspects that illegal workers are being employed at a business in Kent or who has information about other immigration offenders can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.
Marc Owen, director of UK Border Agency operations at Heathrow, has told BAA that the leaflets are "inappropriate" and that ministers would take "a very dim view". Mr Owen also told BAA to prevent passengers taking pictures in the arrivals hall.