Trucker arrested at port for trying to smuggle immigrants OUT of UK

A lorry driver has been arrested at Dover for smuggling illegal immigrants OUT of the UK. Officers discovered four adult male migrants, two from Bangladesh, one Indian and one Egyptian, trying to leave the country in the back of a trailer. The HGV was stopped by National Crime Agency officers, supported by uniformed police, just outside the port of Dover at around 1.30pm yesterday (1 Oct).

Investigators believe the migrants had been in the UK illegally and are being questioned by immigration authorities. The lorry was booked to cross the channel by boat to Calais. The driver, a 37-year-old Romanian national, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to facilitate illegal immigration.

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Andy Noyes, NCA branch commander, said: “Criminal groups involved in people smuggling do not care about the safety or wellbeing of those they transport.

“They just see them as a commodity to be profited from. “We are determined to do all we can to disrupt their activities. “In this case four individuals have been prevented from making what was undoubtedly a dangerous journey.

“Our investigation continues.”

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