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28 suspected illegal immigrants discovered in lorry

Published 21/05/2016

Border Force officials took the 28 into custody
Border Force officials took the 28 into custody

A group of 28 suspected illegal immigrants have been discovered in a lorry in Portsmouth.

Immigration officers attended after being called by police shortly before 10am on Saturday morning.

The driver of the lorry was arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry into the UK.

The men and women who were found inside the HGV were given medical treatment by paramedics.

A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service said two ambulances and a specialist hazardous area response team were sent to the scene in Walton Road at 9.45am.

All 28 people were assessed at the scene, and one man was taken to the nearby Queen Alexandra Hospital with a "medical complaint".

They were all taken into custody by Immigration Enforcement on suspicion of being in the country illegally and face deportation if found to have no right to remain in Britain.

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