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Children taken to hospital after being found in back of continental lorry

The youngsters were among nine people suspected of entering the UK illegally, police said.

Toddington service station on the M1 after police were called to reports of suspected people in a lorry (Barry Gargett/PA)
Toddington service station on the M1 after police were called to reports of suspected people in a lorry (Barry Gargett/PA)

Children are among nine people believed to have travelled to England illegally in the back of a lorry.

Bedfordshire Police said the group were discovered in the vehicle at Toddington Services on the M1 northbound, north of Luton, in the early hours on Wednesday.

The nine are currently being checked over by medics. It is believed they travelled to the UK from Europe.

A police spokeswoman said detectives were working to establish the ages, nationalities and identities of those involved, but said the group contained “a mixture of adults and children”.

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