UPDATE: Thirteen suspected ilegal immigrants discovered in a lorry at the Dartford Crossing

Thirteen suspected ilegal immigrants reportedly discovered in lorry at Dartford Crossing

Thirteen suspected ilegal immigrants reportedly discovered in lorry at Dartford Crossing

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Thirteen suspected illegal immigrants have been discovered in the back of a lorry at the Dartford Crossing yesterday morning (August 25).

Kent Police were called to the incident at 11.30am before contacting Home Office Immigration Enforcement.

Police found 13 individuals in the back of a vehicle. They included: five Syrian men aged between 27 and 45, an 18-year-old Iranian man, two Iranian women, aged 27 and 47, a 35-year-old man from Kuwaiti Bidoon, Eritrean women aged 24 and 27, and a 26-year-old Sudanese man.

A further Iranian man was found to be under the age of 18.

It is believed one person was rushed to Darent Valley Hospital, though was not in a life-threatening condition, and the 12 others were taken to an immigration and removal centre in Dover.

All of them are now in immigration detention awaiting questioning by immigration officers, apart from the 27-year-old Eritrean woman who has been placed on immigration bail while her case is progressed.

The Home Office is working closely with law enforcement agencies in the UK and in Europe to target organised crime gangs behind the majority of people smuggling.

A Home Office spokesman said: "We work closely with the police to tackle illegal immigration. Where someone is found to have no legal right to remain in the UK we will take action to remove them.

“Drivers and hauliers must take adequate steps to secure their vehicles from illegal immigrants trying to smuggle themselves across the border. If a driver does not take these steps - and is found with people hiding in their vehicle – they will be issued with a civil penalty.”

Did you see what happened? Call the newdesk on 01689 885 721 or email hwood@london.newsquest.co.uk

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7:37pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Cet2514 says...

Kuwait, new one. How or when did the driver relies he had these suspects on board. Or is Dartford Crossing a normal drop off point!!!
Kuwait, new one. How or when did the driver relies he had these suspects on board. Or is Dartford Crossing a normal drop off point!!! Cet2514
  • Score: 7

11:02pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Wiff180 says...

"We work closely with the police to tackle illegal immigration. Where someone is found to have no legal right to remain in the UK we will take action to remove them"

What about the 35 people found in the container recently in Essex? Will they be deported, entering the country illegally ? Or is it ok to break the law and all that be forgotten about as soon as the words "I claim asylum" are said.

As for these immigrants, deport them all ASAP. Again ILLEGALLY here.
"We work closely with the police to tackle illegal immigration. Where someone is found to have no legal right to remain in the UK we will take action to remove them" What about the 35 people found in the container recently in Essex? Will they be deported, entering the country illegally ? Or is it ok to break the law and all that be forgotten about as soon as the words "I claim asylum" are said. As for these immigrants, deport them all ASAP. Again ILLEGALLY here. Wiff180
  • Score: 27

8:04am Wed 27 Aug 14

cherished says...

" Where someone is found to have no legal right to remain in the UK we will take action to remove them."
Unless of course they are under 18, in which case they become the responsibility for Kent to look after.
To claim asylum I was under the impression it's the nearest safe country, that cannot possibly be UK as they have to cross the sea. Therefore it's because this country is too soft, the benefits and housing too attractive!
" Where someone is found to have no legal right to remain in the UK we will take action to remove them." Unless of course they are under 18, in which case they become the responsibility for Kent to look after. To claim asylum I was under the impression it's the nearest safe country, that cannot possibly be UK as they have to cross the sea. Therefore it's because this country is too soft, the benefits and housing too attractive! cherished
  • Score: 30

2:05pm Wed 27 Aug 14

C¥dne¥ says...

surprised?? Its a everyday occurrence in Britain
surprised?? Its a everyday occurrence in Britain C¥dne¥
  • Score: 5

11:08am Thu 28 Aug 14

sarfflondonbird says...

You can bet your bottom pound they will all be on the housing/benefit list next, just look at the countries they have come from? Already they are poncing free medical care, well one is, and the rest are awaiting interviews at detention centres.
WE CLAIM ASYLUM, WE CLAIM ASYLUM, WE CLAIM ASYLUM. and here they stay forever more................
......then along come all and sundry from their 'families' back home.
When will this bloody country wake up. Send them back now before they get the chance to claim ASYLUM.
You can bet your bottom pound they will all be on the housing/benefit list next, just look at the countries they have come from? Already they are poncing free medical care, well one is, and the rest are awaiting interviews at detention centres. WE CLAIM ASYLUM, WE CLAIM ASYLUM, WE CLAIM ASYLUM. and here they stay forever more................ ......then along come all and sundry from their 'families' back home. When will this bloody country wake up. Send them back now before they get the chance to claim ASYLUM. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 1
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