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Refugees found in HGV on motorway after public heard noises from lorry


Seven refugees were discovered huddled in the back of a delivery van in the early hours of this morning.

All of the people found in the refrigerated lorry, which contained crates of sparkling water, were said to be “fit and well” but were arrested and taken to custody to be processed by immigration officials.

The HGV was pulled after several members of the public had reported that they had heard banging coming from the trailer in slow-moving traffic on the M1.

The Home Office have today issued a statement saying that they are “determined” to go after those responsible for smuggling the seven people discovered in the vehicle.

A spokesperson for the Home Office revealed they are working with police to ensure those behind the incident face “the full force” of the law.

They told Leicestershire Live : “We are determined to go after the callous people smugglers who exploit vulnerable people and put them in life-threatening situations – refrigerated lorries are extremely dangerous and show the disregard for life these criminals possess.

“We continue to work with law enforcement agencies to ensure that those who put lives at risk for money face the full force of the law.

“As part of the New Plan for Immigration we will increase sentences in the UK for the facilitation of illegal entry to act as a further deterrent to these criminals.”

In a 12.19am post earlier this morning, the incident was recounted, with two accompanying photographs, on the official Leicestershire Roads Policing Unit (RPU) Twitter account @LeicsPoliceRPU

The post read: “Members of public report hearing banging coming from refrigerated trailer in slow moving traffic on the M1. HGV stopped, 7 people found in the trailer! Fortunately they’re all fit & well. All 7 arrested & taken to custody for immigration teams to come and process. #RPU 332.”




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