Romanian lorry driver arrested for stowaways

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.

Kent, Folkestone
The lorry was stopped by Border Force officers in France Credit: Border Force

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48 stowaways found in back of lorry

Forty eight stowaways have been found hiding in the back of a refrigerated lorry en route to Folkestone.