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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
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
A police officer looks inside the space where 15 people are believed to have been transported from mainland Europe Credit: ITV News


Man admits hit and run in Bath

Jake Gilmore was killed in a hit and run
Jake Gilmore was killed in a hit and run

A man has pleaded guilty to a hit and run incident in Bath which killed a teenage cyclist. 53 year old Raymond Isherwood of Bennett Street admitted to knocking over and killing 19 year old Jake Gilmore in Midland Bridge Road last November. He pleaded guilty to 4 charges including causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop. He'll be sentenced next month.


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:


Man arrested by Avon and Somerset police is the driver of the lorry, police say he is from Germany.


Men banned from keeping fish after drinking dare

Two men from Wiltshire have been banned from keeping fish after admitting drinking some for a dare. Terry Gallop from Dilton Marsh was celebrating his birthday when he drank a mix of liquids and two guppies. Gallop admitted 'not meeting the welfare needs of the animals' and was fined £800. The man who filmed the prank, Jason Williams, was also fined.

Man arrested after 15 immigrants found in back of lorry

A German man has been arrested by police after 15 immigrants were found in the back of a lorry at a Somerset service station.

Police say they received several calls earlier this afternoon raising concerns about noises coming from the back of a lorry.

Officers stopped the lorry at a service station on the A303 Southfields Roundabout at Ilminster at about 1pm.

A total of 15 people were found on board – including men, women and a 15-year-old boy. They say they are from Eritrea and Kashmir.

Officers say they were checked over by paramedics at the scene, but there are no ongoing concerns over their health or wellbeing and they’ve been provided with medical support and supplies.

Police are now liaising with the local authority to manage their ongoing welfare needs.

The lorry, owned by the company Thermotraffic, has been seized by police.

People discovered in white goods van

An investigation is under way after a lorry containing 20 people was discovered at a service station in Somerset.

They were discovered inside a white goods van owned by Thermotraffic, an international freight company.

Officers from Avon and Somerset say they are working with immigration officials following the discovery in Ilminster, near Taunton today.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: "We stopped a lorry at a service station off the A303 at Southfields Roundabout at about 1pm, which contained a group of 20 people who are currently being treated by paramedics for possible dehydration.

"Their health and welfare is paramount as we try to piece together with the immigration authorities exactly what has happened."

The discovery comes after the death of Meet Singh Kapoor, 40, from Afghanistan, who was found dead inside a container at Tilbury Docks in Essex on Saturday.

Members of the 34-strong group, including 13 children, survived the ordeal. They are all Afghan Sikhs from Kabul.


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.


The scene at Southfields Roundabout services. Police cordoned off a HGV. Appears to be around 20 people inside it.

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