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United Kingdom: 21 people found in refrigerated lorry entering from French port

09 November 2018

ELEVEN children were among migrants found behind stacks of sparkling water in a refrigerated lorry.

Upon searching the vehicle, Border Force officers found a group of 21 people.

The Home Office said Wednesday that the truck was stopped on November 1 at the port of Newhaven shortly after it arrived on a ferry from Dieppe, France. The lorry driver, identified as a Romanian national, has been arrested and charged with assisting unlawful entry. After checks, only 11 were later confirmed to be minors a spokesman told the BBC. Two of the adults have been removed from Britain and the other eight have been required to report to the Home Office regularly as their cases are heard.

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They were passed into the care of social services, but one has now absconded, a spokesman for East Sussex County Council said. While the identities are yet to be confirmed, the duo who have been removed from United Kingdom are reported to be men aged 18-year-old and 27-year-old respectively.

The case is being led by Immigration Enforcement Criminal and Financial Investigations. Identified as Andrut Duma, 29, he was made to appear before the magistrates on Saturday, 2 November, on charges of immigration offences and was remanded to police custody till 26 November, when a hearing at Lewes Crown Court will take place.

"It's quite shocking. I've been working on this job since the second week of January and this is the first time I have seen anything like this - it's very surprising".

United Kingdom: 21 people found in refrigerated lorry entering from French port