Group of mi­grants found in lorry

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

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).

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