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Kent police discover nine people in the back of a lorry on the M20

Between the M20's Junctions 8 & 9. (Stock image) Credit: PA

Nine people have been found in the back of a lorry travelling along a motorway in Kent, authorities have said.

Kent Police said it was called at 3.40pm on Wednesday to reports of people in the back of a lorry on the M20.

Officers attended the London-bound carriageway between Junctions 8 and 9 - where the lorry was stopped.

The nine people are being checked as a precaution by the South East Coast Ambulance Service, police said.

The group will then be passed to Home Office immigration officers.

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Five miles of congestion built up on the westbound side of the motorway while police closed the roads and responded to the incident.

One lane of the London-bound carriageway has since been reopened.

It’s the second time within 24 hours that a lorry has been found carrying passengers through the UK.

Early Wednesday morning, 39 people were found dead in the back of a refrigerated lorry in Grays, Essex.

A murder investigation is underway, as authorities call for action on criminal organisations running human-trafficking operations.

There is no indication the two incidents are linked so far.