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Man arrested over Somerset lorry released on bail

Avon and Somerset police have released a 50-year-old man on bail following his arrest in connection with a lorry carrying 15 people near Ilminster.

ITV News understands he is the driver of the lorry.

A force spokesman said: "A 50-year-old man has been released on police bail pending further enquiries. He was arrested yesterday on suspicion of facilitating entry of people into the UK. 15 people who were found in the back of a lorry remain in a rest centre."

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Lorry towed out of narrow lane in Wells

These pictures show today's operation to extract yet another lorry out of Mill Lane, Coxley, in Wells. It is the third to get stuck in seven days.

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The jammed lorry in Mill Lane. Credit: ITV West Country/Tim Hughes
Lorry down lane
This picture shows just how tight a squeeze it was. Credit: ITV West Country/Tim Hughes
towing lorry
A tow lorry was the only solution. Credit: ITV West Country/Tim Hughes
Broken wall
This garden wall was badly damaged. Credit: ITV West Country/Tim Hughes

Watch: Lorry jammed so tightly that driver has to climb through window


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Red Cross caring for stowaways in village hall

Volunteers from the British Red Cross are supporting a group of 15 people found on board a lorry at a service station near Ilminster, Somerset, yesterday.

Having been checked over by paramedics at the scene, they were then taken to Long Sutton Village Hall, Somerset, by a team of four Red Cross emergency response volunteers trained in providing practical and emotional support. The group were provided with beds, bedding and other essential supplies such as hygiene kits.

Police cars outside Long Sutton Village Hall this morning. Credit: ITV West Country/Bob Constantine

Read more: Illegal migration to the UK 'increasing'

West Country sights in national 'simple pleasures' list

The national tourist board Visit England has published a new guide to 25 "simple pleasures" we can all enjoy. Themed around the adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh, it features some familiar locations and activities:

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Number Two on the list is 'Indulging in Afternoon Tea, Devon'. Credit: ITV News
Number Four is 'Rock Pooling in Treyarnon Bay, Cornwall'. Credit: Visit Cornwall
Stars over Exmoor
Number Eleven is 'Stargazing in Exmoor National Park, Somerset'. Credit: PA
Bees on a hive
Number Nineteen is 'Visiting a honey farm, Devon'. Credit: PA

Illegal migration to the UK 'increasing'

Irregular migration to the UK "is increasing", an anti-trafficking expert said.

Andy Desmond, Director of Anti-Trafficking Consultants, told Good Morning Britain that the hot weather simply makes cases, such as those of migrants in lorries, "more overt because of their own distress."

Following the discovery of 35 Afghan Sikhs in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks at the weekend, a lorry has been discovered carrying 15 migrants with suspected dehydration in Somerset. The German driver has been arrested.


Work starts on Somerset flood defences

Work starts on Somerset flood defences
Work starts on Somerset flood defences Credit: ITV News West Country

Work is due to start on flood defences for a Somerset village which was cut off last winter. The £180 thousand scheme will provide better protection for Thorney at times of flooding. It's part of the 20 year Flood Action Plan for the county, which also includes raising the road to nearby Muchelney to ensure access during flooding.

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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:


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.

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