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Nine suspected illegal immigrants found near Welshpool

Nine suspected illegal immigrants have been detained by the immigration service after they were seen getting off the back of a lorry in Powys.

Dyfed-Powys Police said the seven men and two women were handed to the UK Border Agency following the incident near Welshpool.

Police were called last Thursday after the people were seen disembarking from a lorry near a garden centre.

Five men and two women are from Iran, and two men are from Turkey and Syria.

The agency said it was contacted by police after the suspected illegal immigrants were arrested.

The nine were taken to Newtown police station where they were questioned by UK Border Agency officers.

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One of the Iranian men has been transferred to immigration detention pending his removal from the country.

The other eight people must report regularly to the UK Border Agency while their cases are examined. If they are found to have no right to be in the UK once their cases have been concluded, they will also face removal.

A UK Border Agency spokesman said: "When suspected illegal immigrants found on lorries are arrested by police, our officers attend quickly.

"We work closely with police to tackle illegal immigration and immigration crime. Where someone is found to have no legal right to remain in the UK we will take action to remove them."

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