Lorry driver and 18 stowaways arrested on M25

M25 near Clacket Lane services Image copyright Highways Agency
Image caption A group of 18 suspected illegal immigrants were arrested by Surrey Police near the M25

Eighteen suspected illegal immigrants have been arrested after people were spotted climbing out of a lorry parked on the hard shoulder of the M25.

Surrey Police said a number of people called them to report a group getting out of a truck near Clacket Lane services at about 09:00 GMT on Tuesday.

A total of 18 adults were arrested on suspicion of illegal entry following a helicopter and dog search of the area.

The lorry driver was also held on suspicion of immigration offences.

In a statement, Surrey Police said the investigation was being handed over to border officials.

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