Arrests made after nine people found in lorry in Tallington

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Nine people have been arrested after being found in the back of a lorry in Tallington.

Police were called to the A1175 at about 8.30am on Friday last week after reports of banging from inside a trailer. Nine people were found and arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally.

They were then passed on to the UK Border Agency. Five were Turkish, three were Iraqis and one from Afghanistan.

Two Turks and one Iraqi were found to be minors and passed into the care of social services. Five of the men remain in immigration detention pending the outcome of their immigration applications.

The final man, a Turk, was released on immigration bail while work to remove him from the UK is carried out.

A Home Office spokesman said: “If people have a genuine need of protection they should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach. If they are just seeking to evade immigration control they need to know that they are risking their lives and that they will get caught.

“The new Immigration Act makes it harder for people to live in the UK illegally. It makes it harder for illegal immigrants to abuse our benefits and public services, and makes it easier for us to remove them by reducing the number of appeals.”