Six stowaways have been prevented from entering the country after Border Force officers found them hiding inside a lorry at the Port of Calais.
The Romanian registered lorry - heading to an address on Moorside Road, Winchester - was searched and six Albanian people were found in a load of tyres.
The stowaways were handed over to the French border police and the vehicle was allowed to continue onto its destination.
David Holt, of the Border Force, said: "This incident shows why we base Border Force staff in France - to stop would-be illegal immigrants before they can reach the UK.
"Our strong presence in French ports like Calais helps protect the whole of the UK from people attempting to enter the country illegally."
More top news
Did Father Christmas bring you an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone for you to fly last night?
Lemurs and Emperor Tamarins at Cotswold Wildlife Park have been joining in the festive spirit.
Lucy has the Christmas Eve forecast for the east of the Meridian region.