Immigrants found dehydrated in lorry at Dover

Seventeen suspected illegal immigrants have been found in the back of a lorry at the Port of Dover suffering from exhaustion and dehydration.

The men and boys, aged between 16 and 35, were discovered in the back of an articulated lorry, Kent Police said.

Police and border officials were alerted after banging was heard coming from the lorry on board a ferry.

Paramedics were called to treat the stowaways before they were taken for questioning by the UK Border Agency.

'Psychological support'

One of the men, who was in his 30s, was taken to hospital for treatment, but later discharged.

Gareth Redmond, the UK Border Agency's director for the South East, said a specialist children and families team from the East Kent and Coastal NHS Trust would offer psychological support to any minors among the group.

He added: "Where an individual is found to have no legal right to remain in the UK we will take action to remove them."

The 53-year-old Polish driver was arrested and is being questioned by police.

A spokesman said it was not yet clear where the men were from, but they were thought to be from the same area.

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