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Lorry doors 'opened in Calais' for nine minutes

The doors of a lorry found containing 15 people suffering from possible dehydration near Ilminster was opened in the French port of Calais for nine minutes, sources tell ITV News.

ITV News producer Sandi Sidhu has tweeted:

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Police inspect lorry after passengers taken away

There is still a heavy police presence at the service station near Ilminster, Somerset where a lorry full of people was stopped today.

Police next to the lorry at Southfields service station Credit: ITV News
A police officer looks inside the space where 15 people are believed to have been transported from mainland Europe Credit: ITV News

Council seeking accommodation for lorry passengers

Somerset Council has said it is seeking temporary accommodation for 15 passengers of a lorry that was stopped near Ilminster.

Man arrested over Somerset lorry case is the driver

ITV News understands that the man arrested in connection with the 15 people found in a lorry in Somerset is the driver.

ITV News producer Sandi Sidhu has tweeted:

Lorry stopped in Calais before reaching UK

ITV News understands the lorry carrying the 15 passengers belongs to a firm called Thermotraffic and that it stopped in Calais before reaching the UK.

ITV News producer Sandi Sidhu has tweeted:

Police have said the vehicle "originated in mainland Europe" and that it "has been seized as part of our investigation".

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Police: Lorry passengers include a 15-year-old boy

Police say they were alerted to the presence of 15 individuals after people reported hearing "noises coming from the back of the lorry".

They previously reported that there had been 20 people onboard.

Large, white HGV seen at closed service station

A reporter for Chard and Ilminster News has tweeted this photo purporting to show the closed service station at Southfield roundabout.

A large heavy goods vehicle can be seen in the background surrounded by police and ambulances.

None of lorry passengers require hospital treatment

None of the people found travelling in a lorry in Somerset are expected to require hospital treatment, a spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service has said.

Paramedics were treating 15 individuals - 12 males and three males - at the scene after they showed signs of dehydration.

Two ambulances and two rapid response vehicles responded to a call at 3:13pm this afternoon.

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