Sussex

Suspected illegal Eritrea immigrants found in lorry

  • 19 February 2014
  • From the section Sussex
Lorry and police cars on A27 Image copyright Eddie Mitchell
Image caption Six men from Eritrea were arrested on suspicion of illegally entering the UK

Six suspected illegal immigrants from Eritrea have been arrested after a lorry driver heard banging coming from the inside of his vehicle.

Sussex Police said it set up a rolling road block as a safety precaution on Tuesday on the A27 near Chichester after the driver reported the noises.

The Italian-registered vehicle was stopped at Tangmere and six men, aged between 23 and 29, were arrested on suspicion of illegal entry to the UK.

They are currently being questioned.

A spokesman for the force said: "Concerned that the lorry might be refrigerated, officers moved quickly to get the people out and a rolling road block was put in place on the A27 while this happened in case any attempted to run when released from the vehicle.

"The westbound carriageway was closed for around half an hour."

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