Immigrants bound for Hadleigh

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FIVE illegal immigrants hiding in the back of a lorry bound for Hadleigh have been stopped from entering the country.

The HGV, which was destined for Lady Lane, was pulled over in Calais by UK Border Agency officers, who examined the British registered vehicle with a Latvian driver.

A specialist body detection dog alerted his handlers to the presence of the group.

Officers then boarded the trailer and found five people – all stowaways from Eritrea in Africa – hiding among the load of bottles earlier this month.

The five were removed from the lorry and passed to the French Frontier Police.

Carole Upshall, UK Border Agency director for South and Europe, said: “We have to stay one step ahead of illegal immigration.

“Having UK Border Agency officers based in France and Belgium means we can check vehicles before they cross the channel and stop illegal immigrants setting foot in the UK.

“Increasingly sophisticated and dangerous attempts are being made to try to smuggle people into Britain so our officers use hi-tech equipment, such as heartbeat detectors and carbon dioxide probes, as well as sniffer dogs, to find people hiding in vehicles.”

The lorry was allowed to continue on its journey, but both the driver and haulage company face a fine of up to £10,000 if they are unable to prove they took steps to secure the vehicle.