Il­le­gal im­mi­grants found in lorry

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A LORRY driver de­liv­er­ing cars to a deal­er­ship in West Dray­ton got a shock when he re­alised he was un­wit­tingly car­ry­ing sus­pected il­le­gal im­mi­grants.

The driver had been on his way to the Tesla Store & Ser­vice Cen­tre, in Hor­ton Road, at around 12.40pm on Wed­nes­day, March 25 when he re­alised some­thing was wrong and called po­lice.

Of­fi­cers searched his ar­tic­u­lated ve­hi­cle and found four men in­side, who were ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of im­mi­gra­tion of­fences and handed over to the UK Bor­der Agency.

The driver was not ar­rested.

Passer-by Frank Ger­ard, 46, said a crowd of peo­ple gath­ered to film what was hap­pen­ing on their mo­bile phones.

He added: “A lot of am­bu­lances and po­lice were there. There were about eight or nine am­bu­lances, as well as po­lice vans and other white vans. You couldn’t get past be­cause there were so many ve­hi­cles there.”

Mr Ger­ard, of Park­way, Uxbridge, said: “It wasn’t un­til af­ter­wards that I thought, ‘It’s amaz­ing how it’s al­lowed to hap­pen, re­ally’.”

An­other mem­ber of the public, who wished to re­main un­named, said: “It caused a bit of dis­rup­tion be­cause there were umpteen cars out there – the po­lice and am­bu­lance and good­ness knows what else.”

A Tesla spokes­woman said all of the com­pany’s driv­ers were em­ployed by a third-party firm.

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