One person hospitalised after 13 people found in lorry

One person has been taken to hospital after 13 people were found in the back of a lorry.

The discovery was made just after 11am this morning at the Dartford Crossing in Kent.

It comes just days after police stopped a different lorry carrying 15 people from Eritrea and Kashmir at a service station near Ilminster in Somerset.

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Home Office warns drivers over stowaways

The Home Office said tonight that 13 people found in a lorry in Kent, whose nationalities have yet to be confirmed, will be questioned later.

Officials had this warning for lorry drivers entering the UK:

Drivers and hauliers must take adequate steps to secure their vehicles from illegal immigrants trying to smuggle themselves across the border.

If a driver does not take these steps - and is found with people hiding in their vehicle - they will be issued with a civil penalty.

– home office spokesman

One person hospitalised after 13 found in a lorry

One person has been hospitalised after being found in the back of a lorry near the Dartford Crossing in Kent, along with 12 other people.

The lorry was stopped near the Dartford Crossing in Kent Credit: Sean Dempsey / PA

A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokeswoman said the person taken to hospital was not believed to be in a life-threatening condition.

They said: "Our crews assessed 13 individuals at the scene. One required transportation to hospital and they were taken to the Darent Valley Hospital. "They didn't appear to be in a life-threatening condition. The other 12 were taken to Dover."

Kent Police confirmed they were called to a report of suspected illegal immigrants but said that the immigration service was managing the investigation.

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