M25 horror as five people found in back of refrigerated lorry on busy UK motorway

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M25 horror as five people found in back of refrigerated lorry on busy UK motorway

A 48-year-old man arrested on suspicion of illegally helping asylum seekers to enter the UK has since been released under investigation. Officers f

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A 48-year-old man arrested on suspicion of illegally helping asylum seekers to enter the UK has since been released under investigation. Officers from Thames Valley Police were called by colleagues in Surrey who received a tip-off from Kent’s force at 5.20pm on Tuesday.

A spokesperson said Surrey Police was called following reports of a number of “clandestine migrants” in the back of a lorry on the M25 close to Junction 15.

She added that the five people were found safe and well in the rear of the trailer.

One woman and four men were arrested on suspicion of entering the UK without leave. They remain in custody.

Emergency services intercepted the lorry at the Poyle Interchange on the M25 Northbound near Heathrow Airport and a short distance from the Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre.

A spokesman for the London Fire Brigade told the Mirror that a crew from Heathrow attended the situation and used a thermal imagining camera to check the lorry to make sure there were no more stowaways.

The five people were removed from the rear of the lorry, wrapped in silver blankets to try and warm them up, before being taken to hospital for a check-up, the Mirror reports.

It comes as Home Office figures show nearly six times as many migrants crossed the English Channel in October than the same month last year.

This is despite promises from Home Secretary Priti Patel to bring crossing numbers down post-Brexit.

Priti Patel announced in September a proposal to turn back migrant boats in the Channel.

This led Migrant Help – a charity helping asylum seekers, refugees and victims of human trafficking – to call for the UK to show compassion and humanity on its own doorstep.

In a statement, it said: “At a time where there are very few official and safe ways to enter the UK to claim asylum, the utmost priority should be the safety of those escaping war or persecution.

“No one should be punished for the manner in which they reach this county or put at even greater danger on this perilous journey.”



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