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.
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