Group of migrants found in lorry
A group of suspected illegal immigrants who had hidden themselves in the back of a lorry have been sent to a detention centre.
The 17 adult stowaways were in the lorry which was stopped by police near the Premier Foods and Givaudan factories in Kennington Road.
Immigration enforcement officers were called to the scene at 3.30pm on Tuesday.
They were questioned by officers at the factory while the lorry was searched.
The group have since been taken to Dover by officers.
It was the second discovery of people attempting to gain entry to the UK via Kent this week, with RNLI lifeboat crews rescuing a group of 18 Albanians aboard a sinking inflatable boat late on Saturday night.
Two British men were charged with immigration offences after being rescued along with the Albanians on board.
Robert Stilwell, 33, from Dartford, and Mark Stribling, 35, from Farningham, have been charged with offences under the Immigration Act 1971.
It is not yet clear if immigration officials are investigating any suspected offences in connection with the incident in Ashford on Tuesday.
Premier Foods and the Home Office were contacted for comment on the incident, but hadn’t responded as the Kentish Express went to press yesterday (Wednesday).