Stowaway clampdown continues STOWAWAYS WERE discovered in two UKregistered trucks,
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in separate incidents that demonstrate the measures being taken by illegal immigrants attempting to reach the UK.
In the first incident, on 14 May, a member of the public alerted an LGV driver of a Nottingham firm after he heard banging from a vehicle in Long Eaton, Derbyshire. Police were called and they found six men inside, aged between 24 and 46 and from Iran, Egypt and Syria. A police spokeswoman said the men were handed over to immigration services.
On 15 May, Border Force officers at Portsmouth discovered two illegal immigrants from Albania in a Blackburn-bound lorry after the ferry port operator alerted officials. The men, aged 29 and 30, had cut through the trailer's canvas roof and sewn the gap back up in an attempt to evade detection. The vehicle, which was carrying a load of stone, had arrived from Caen, France. Both men were returned to Caen by border guards.
"This incident shows the lengths some illegal entrants will go to to reach the UK," said Andy Lumb, Border Force assistant director. "Clearly, these two men thought they had covered their tracks but were found thanks to the assistance of the ferry operator and the determination of Border Force officers."
• CMwill look at how to avoid bringing stowaways into the UK in the 13 June issue.