Children among 21 people found in refrigerated lorry at United Kingdom port

Children Among 21 People Found In Refrigerated Lorry At UK Port Report

The stowaways, concealed behind stacks of sparkling water, were discovered when the vehicle was checked by Border Force officers in Sussex.

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: "We can confirm that 15 young people were transferred to our care by colleagues from Border Force and the Police on Thursday last week, having been found in a lorry in Newhaven".

The lorry was stopped on its arrival from the French port of Dieppe.

The children did not require medical treatment.

He said the children were placed with foster carers or in supported housing.


A Romanian man believed to be the driver was arrested and charged with assisting unlawful entry to the UK.

Two of the adults - a man aged 18 and a woman aged 27 - were expelled from the United Kingdom, while the remaining eight - four women and four men - must now report regularly to Home Office immigration centres while their cases are examined.

The remaining eight, who are aged between 21 and 28, have been told to report regularly to the Home Office while their cases are assessed.

Andrut Duma, 29, was remanded in custody after appearing before magistrates on Saturday accused of immigration offences.

On the same day a stunned villager in Mereworth, Kent, spotted 13 young men with sleeping bags being let out of the back of a Bulgarian HGV.

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