Migrants hiding in two lorries enter Britain

More than 50 suspected migrants have been referred to immigration officials after they were discovered squeezed into the back of two lorries.

Police were called on Monday morning after 21 Iranian nationals and five Iraqis, including several children, were found in a lorry near the Dartford crossing in Kent.

Two days later, Kent Police found another 26 migrants, 24 men, one woman and a boy, in the back of a refrigerated HGV in Canterbury.

The Romanian-registered lorry, which was carrying £25,000 worth of peppers, had been travelling to the UK from Spain but it has not been confirmed when the suspected migrants, said to be of Middle Eastern and North African appearance, entered the truck.

The woman is said to have collapsed and has been taken to hospital, while one of the men is understood to have a leg injury.

Kent Police was called to a report that suspected migrants had been found in the back of a lorry in Bridge Close, Dartford. It was reported that there were 26 people in the lorry, 21 adults and five children. Officers attended the scene and the migrants have been handed into the care of Home Office immigration enforcement.

Spokesperson for Kent Police
A total of 21 adults and five children were found in the back of the lorry. Credit: SWNS

Kent Police confirmed 26 migrants were found in the truck adding: "They will be handed over to Home Office Immigration Enforcement to be processed.

"One woman has been taken to a local hospital for treatment."

The fruit and vegetable distribution company that owns the vehicle says it has been targeted three times in a month.

Gomez managing director Jim Parmenter said that the family-run company has had to write off more than £80,000 worth of contaminated produce after migrants have climbed into the back of third-party delivery trucks.

He said: "Our staff heard banging with large metal objects on the doors from inside the truck the moment it arrived at our headquarters.

"We didn't even open the doors - we just had to contact the authorities."

A spokesperson from the Home Office said the migrants found in the trucks are currently being processed by immigration officials.

"Where someone is found to have no right to remain in the UK, we will take action to remove them," the spokesperson added.