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Two men have been arrested at the Port of Tyne after 20 people were found in a lorry, apparently trying to enter the UK illegally.
Border Force officers arrived at the port yesterday, Tuesday 1st September, after the migrants from Syria and Albania were discovered concealed in the vehicle which had arrived in the UK from Amsterdam.
A 32-year-old from Poland and a 35-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of facilitation of illegal immigration and are currently in custody with further investigations being carried out.
15 of those discovered were returned to the Netherlands by ferry yesterday.
Two adults are currently in immigration detention while their cases are progressed along with two claimed minors who were passed-on to social services for age-assessment.
A Home Office spokesman said:
If someone is found to have no legal right to remain in the UK we will take action to remove them.
Border Force officers work closely with the police and other agencies to tackle the criminal gangs that attempt to smuggle migrants into Britain.
We continue to strengthen border security to stop illegal migrants entering the UK in the first place and use the latest technology including sniffer dogs, heartbeat detectors and carbon dioxide probes to find people hiding in vehicles and freight.
It's been a dramatic week for MPs, who were recalled to Westminster for the vote on possible military action in Syria.
In tonight's Around The House, we look at the aftermath of the Government's defeat and ask what it will mean for the party leaders.
Joining the debate are the Conservative MP for Scarborough and Whitby, Robert Goodwill, the Redcar Lib Dem member Ian Swales and the Labour MP for Dumfries and Galloway Russell Brown.
Helen Ford presents our political programme from Westminster.
Payday loans - and the cheaper alternatives - will be discussed with Hexham MP Guy Opperman and Stockton North's Alex Cunningham.
Also, tonight's panel consider Westminster's response to the crisis in Syria, ahead of the party conferences.
A container of hand pumped water filters is on its way to refugees in Syria from the North East. It will provide enough safe drinking water for 40,000 refugees. The filters are designed and made by volunteers at The Safe Water Trust Ltd, Sunderland.
People across the country are being urged to donate vital medical supplies, baby products and blankets to help the people of Syria. Donation points in Jedburgh and Newcastle are part of a network of drop off sites.
The big aid drop for Syria is collecting supplies for the people who've lived amongst fighting for more than two years. Julia Barthram reports.
MPs were recalled to Parliament yesterday to vote on whether the British military should intervene in the crisis in Syria.
The vote went against the government by a majority of 285 to 272.
The following MPs voted with the government:
- James Wharton, Conservative, Stockton South
- Guy Opperman, Conservative, Hexham
The following MPs voted against the government proposal, rejecting the idea of military intervention in Syria.
- Catherine McKinnell, Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne North
- Tom Blenkinsop, Labour, Middlesbrough South
- Ian Mearns, Labour, Gateshead
- Mary Glindon, Labour, North Tyneside
- Ian Swales, Liberal Democrats, Redcar
- Bridget Phillipson, Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South
- Ronnie Campbell, Labour, Blyth Valley
- Pat Glass, Labour, North West Durham
- Julie Elliott, Labour, Sunderland Central
- Chi Onwurah, Labour, Newcastle Central
- Ian Lavery, Labour, Wansbeck
- Jenny Chapman, Labour, Darlington
MPs from our region are debating a government motion which could pave the way for military action in Syria.
The Prime Minister told them this afternoon he is convinced the Syrian regime was behind the use of chemical weapons, including an attack which killed hundreds of people in Damascus last week.
Parliament will vote later tonight on whether to back intervention in principle, but not on direct British involvement, which would need a further vote.
Paul Brand sent this report from Westminster - watch it in full below.