Arrest after stowaways found in Kent-bound lorry
- 23 January 2014
- From the section England
A driver has been arrested after 48 stowaways were discovered in the back of a UK-bound refrigerated lorry.
Border Force officers at Coquelles, France, stopped the vehicle on Tuesday and found 41 males and seven females, all Albanian nationals.
The lorry, which was being driver by a Romanian man, was bound for Folkestone on the Channel Tunnel and then a location in Dover, officials said.
The stowaways and driver were handed over to the French authorities.
Border Force officials said three of the group were thought to be minors.
Dave Hutchinson, Border Force deputy director for South East and Europe, said it was potentially fatal to use refrigerated lorries and sealed tankers to carry people.
He added: "This case demonstrates the complete lack of regard the organised criminals involved in people smuggling have for the individuals concerned."