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28 arrested after 'illegal immigrants' found in lorry at M25 service station

Published 28/08/2015

Surrey Police arrested 27 suspected illegal immigrants and a lorry driver at a service station on the M25
Surrey Police arrested 27 suspected illegal immigrants and a lorry driver at a service station on the M25

Police have arrested 27 suspected illegal immigrants who were found inside a lorry at a motorway service station.

The discovery was made at Cobham Services on the M25 at around 10.50am, Surrey Police said.

The lorry driver was also detained.

A police statement said: "Surrey Police was called to Cobham Service Station at around 10.50am on Friday, 28 August following suspicions around a lorry parked at the location.

"On arrival 27 people were detained on suspicion of illegal entry . Ambulance crews also attended the scene and medically assessed the people.

"Surrey Police have now handed this investigation to the UK Visas and Immigration Service."

Trucker Sean Ingham, 48, stopped off at Cobham Services en route to Kent from Manchester when he came across the suspected illegal immigrants gathered outside an Italian-registered refrigerated trailer.

He said: "I drove into the services needing a break and I saw what I thought was a demonstration in the car park.

"As I looked closer, I thought they looked like illegal immigrants. There were lots of police, three or four motorway police vehicles and dog vans, and two or three transits.

"The people all had sleeping bags round them or had big coats with them. It looked like they had come from an Italian-registered fridge trailer as it had Italian number plates.

"Just as I was about to leave immigration officers arrived, and they were taking down their names and taking their photographs, and then putting them into police vans.

"Some of (the suspected illegal immigrants) were smiling and talking. They were drinking bottles of water."

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