Would-be illegal immigrants found in lorry bound for Barton
Six would-be illegal immigrants were prevented from entering the UK after being caught hiding in a lorry bound for Barton
On Wednesday (December 12) Border Force officers, based at the port of Calais in France, found what they describe as the stowaways in a Czech-registered lorry waiting to cross to the UK.
The officers’ suspicions had been raised after an indication by a sniffer dog.
When they boarded the vehicle, they found six Albanians hidden in a load of nappies.
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The stowaways were handed over to French border police before the vehicle was allowed to continue its journey.
Paul Morgan, Director Border Force South East & Europe, said: "Border Force officers work round the clock to keep the UK border secure.
"This incident shows why we base Border Force staff in France - to stop would-be illegal immigrants before they reach our shores.
“Our strong presence in French ports like Calais and close collaboration with the French authorities helps protect the whole of the UK from people attempting to enter the country illegally.
“As well as using sniffer dogs, officers also use heartbeat detectors, carbon dioxide probes and physical searches to find people hiding in vehicles”.
A leaflet, issued by the Border Force, in partnership with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), gives information and advice to lorry drivers transporting freight to and from the UK on how to prevent illegal immigration and avoid becoming victims of crime."