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BREAKING NEWS: Two men taken to hospital after 16 found in back of lorry

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Two men have been taken to hospital after 16 people, all believed to be Iraqi nationals, were found today in the back of a lorry in East Grinstead, Sussex.

At 9.20am police received a report of a number of people in the back of a lorry on the A22 in East Grinstead. The occupants of the vehicle waved to catch the attention of passing motorists, who flagged down the driver.

The driver pulled over in a bus stop close to the junction with Dorset Avenue and emergency services assisted in the release of 13 men, two women and a child – all believed to be Iraqi nationals – from the back of the vehicle.

Two of the men were taken to hospital suffering from dehydration, and the remaining citizens were provided with water and medical assistance.

The nearby Trinity Methodist Church was used as a refuge centre immigration enforcement officers arrived to assist.

The A22 London Road was temporarily closed between the junctions of Windmill Lane and Halsford Park Road while the incident was ongoing.

The driver, a 63-year-old man of no fixed address, was arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration, and remains in police custody at this stag

Our priority was for the welfare of the occupants who were in the back of the lorry. The vehicle was exceptionally hot and it was important we reacted quickly.

– Sergeant William Keating-Jones, of the Crawley Neighbourhood Response Team