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Lorry driver released over immigrants found in Hatfield

The lorry Image copyright BCH Road Policing
Image caption Police were called to reports of a banging noise coming from the lorry

A lorry driver who was arrested after 20 suspected illegal immigrants - including a baby - were found in the back of his vehicle has been released without charge.

Police were called on Tuesday to reports of a banging noise coming from the lorry, parked in Goldsmith Way, Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

All the occupants were checked by paramedics and found to be unharmed.

The Home Office said the baby was in the care of social services.

The remaining group of 19, which includes four families who are believed to be from Iraq, Iran and Palestine, have been handed to Immigration Enforcement for their cases to be investigated, said the Home Office.

It said the 27-year-old lorry driver, from Lithuania, was arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration but released without charge.

Immigration Enforcement is the part of the Home Office responsible for enforcing immigration law.

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