Suspected illegal immigrant found in lorry arrested

PUBLISHED: 14:29 06 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:36 06 July 2016


Police in Honiton responded to a report this morning (Wednesday) from a Romanian lorry driver who had heard noises in his trailer.

A suspected illegal immigrant found in the back of a lorry has been arrested after being discovered by Honiton Neighbourhood Team.

Police responded to a report this morning (Wednesday) from a Romanian lorry driver who had come through Calais that there was person in his trailer cargo. He had stopped at Devonshire Cross on the A30/A303 split, near Upottery, and heard noises in his trailer.

The trailer was opened and one Sudanese male was located amongst bags of animal feed additive.

His welfare was checked to ensure he had no medical needs.

Other than been a bit hot, he was okay, and taken to Exeter to be handed over to immigration officials.

No other people were found in the lorry. Police believe the male had entered the trailer by making a hole in the roof and climbing through. No action against the driver was taken.

Honiton sergeant Mat Helm said: “We live in an amazing country that is very desirable to those less fortunate than us.

“People will go to desperate measures to get here and will continue to do so. Regardless of circumstance, our first priority is the welfare of these people.

“Especially now the weather is getting hot, we would encourage any motorists or drivers that have concerns for a HGV be it suspicious activity or otherwise, to call us.”

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