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"Stowaways" spending the night at Somerset village hall

15 people who were found in a lorry at a service station on the A303 in Somerset are spending the night at a village hall near Yeovil. Police have arrested the German driver. An investigation is underway into how the group, who claim to come from Kashmir and Eritrea, came into the country.

Our Somerset Correspondent David Woodland has this report:


Ben Proud wins bronze at European Championships

Proud won two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games
Proud won two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Double Commonwealth champion Ben Proud has added another medal to his growing collection. It wasn't another gold though. The 19 year-old from Plymouth picked up a bronze in the 50 metre butterfly final at the European Championships in Berlin.


Human traffickers using 'increasingly dangerous' tactics

Human traffickers are using "increasingly dangerous" tactics in a bid to dodge strict border controls, a Home Office spokeswoman has said.

It comes after 15 people were discovered in a lorry in Ilminster, Somerset, earlier today.

The spokeswoman said border and immigration officers were now assisting Avon and Somerset Police in their investigation.

We continue to work closely with law enforcement agencies both here and in Europe to target the organised crime gangs behind the majority of people-smuggling.

These criminals are constantly modifying their tactics in an attempt to evade strengthened border controls and we are seeing increasingly dangerous methods being used, including the use of sealed or refrigerated vehicles.

We would warn those who are tempted to put their lives in the hands of organised smugglers, that they are putting themselves and their families at risk.

– ome Office spokeswoman

Read: Police stop lorry containing 15 people in Somerset


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.


News: We received several calls earlier this afternoon raising concerns about noises coming from the back of the lorry 1/3


Officers stopped the lorry at a service station on the A303 Southfields Roundabout at Ilminster at about 1pm 2/3


A total of 15 people were found on board including men, women and a 15 year-old boy. Full update to be issued on our website shortly 3/3


Lorry owners take human trafficking 'very seriously'

The owners of a lorry found containing 15 people near Ilminster take incidents of human trafficking "very seriously," a spokesperson said.

The Thermotraffic spokesperson added: "At the moment we are in close contact with the British public authorities and support them to investigate the situation."

A German national has been arrested on suspicion of facilitating the unlawful entry of people into the UK. He is understood to be the driver of the lorry.



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:


Source tells ITV News that the lorry doors were opened in Calais for 9 mins #Illminster

Founder of Shelterbox charged with fraud and theft

Tom Henderson is charged with fraud and theft
Tom Henderson is charged with fraud and theft Credit: ITV News West Country

The founder of the Cornish charity Shelterbox has been charged with fraud and theft. Tom Henderson appeared at a London police station today where he was charged with three offences of fraud and one of theft. His son John was charged with similar offences. Another man has been charged with fraud. They'll appear in court next month.

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