illegalsForty-eight Albanian stowaways have been discovered trying to smuggle themselves into Britain in a refrigerated lorry.
A routine check at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles at around 9pm on 21st Tuesday resulted in the stowaways being found hidden in the back of the HGV as it waited to board a shuttle to Folkestone, Kent.
The lorry, whose refrigeration unit was not turned on, was empty apart from the Albanian nationals on board. It was due to drive to Dover to pick up a load for delivery to France.
There was no external lock or seal on the lorry when it was checked by Border Force officers who found the 41 male and seven female stowaways apparently in good health.
Three of them were believed to be minors; that old chestnut. All were handed over to the French authorities while the Romanian lorry driver was arrested by French border police who are investigating.

In Wales

Immigration officers last visited businesses in Dyfed-Powys. On Saturday 18th January at 19:00 they visited Zeera Indian restaurant on Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells.
Three Bangladeshi men, one aged 28 and two aged 24, were arrested for overstaying their visas. The two younger men are now in detention while steps are taken to remove them from the country.
The 28-year-old was temporarily released and must report to the Home Office while his case is considered.’Temporarily’, what they mean is he will soon be totally free because he will disappear like 1,000s of others before him.
Earlier in the week, on Wednesday 16th January at 19:00, officers visited Gulshan Indian Restaurant on Chancery Lane, Cardigan.
Yet another Bangladeshi man who had overstayed his visa was arrested. He is in detention awaiting removal.

More in Morecombe

On 19th January 2014 officers visited Masala Indian Cuisine on Heysham Road and questioned individuals present to check if they had the right to be in the UK.
Three Bangladeshi men, aged between 47 and 32, and a 30-year-old Indian man were arrested.
Two of the Bangladeshi men and the Indian man had overstayed their visas while the 47-year-old had entered the country illegally. They are all now in detention while steps are taken to remove them from the country.


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