Driver arrested over Dartford Crossing lorry stowaways

Police at the scene
Image caption Kent Police said the force was called to the scene at about 11.30 BST

A driver has been arrested after 13 suspected illegal immigrants were found in the back of an Italian-owned lorry at the Dartford River Crossing.

The stowaways, including eight men, four women and a boy from Syria, Iran, Kuwait, Eritrea and Sudan, were found inside the truck on Monday.

Twelve of them are being questioned and a woman has been placed on immigration bail, according to the Home Office.

The driver has been bailed until November pending further inquires.

Transport company Riboni said their driver was carrying on with his driving duties.

The Home Office has warned people tempted to put their lives in the hands of organised smugglers, that they are putting the lives of themselves and their families at risk.

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