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Suspected illegal immigrants found hiding in Marlborough horse box

A group of suspected illegal immigrants have been found in the back of a horse box in Marlborough.

The four men - believed to be Sudanese - were discovered by Sue and Jeremy Riches as they unloaded furniture from the trailer.

Mrs Riches said: "I was standing by the trailer when suddenly I saw one person, then another, then when the police came they found two more. There were four all together, very tired looking refugees."

The men have been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences, the Home Office said.

It is believed three of them are minors, who have now been passed to social services. The fourth has been transferred to an immigration removal centre.

The men were found in a 'nest' under plastic bags and sheets in the trailer. Credit: Sue Riches

The couple, who live in Staffordshire, were bringing furniture back to their son in Marlborough, after selling a house in France.

Mrs Riches suspects the men entered the trailer after they stopped at the port in Caen, France.

She said they had used plastic ties and tape to secure the trailer, but after returning from dinner had suspicions it may have been tampered with. Customs checked the vehicle, but spotted nothing.

It was only when they unloaded the trailer in Marlborough on January 21 that they spotted the men, and then called the police.

We received a call at 9.10am on Tuesday following a report that four people had been found in a horse box at an address in London Road, Marlborough.

Officers attended and four males, all believed to be from Sudan, were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences.

The case will now be passed to the UK Border Agency.

– Wiltshire Police
The couple used plastic ties to secure the horse box. Credit: Sue Riches

You don't believe it to begin with, your heart just stops. You feel frightened to begin with and then you feel cross someone has been in your trailer and messing with your things.

But then you feel sympathy, because these young men, they were in a pretty dire state.

– Sue Riches

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