Stowaways hiding on paper lorry heading to Flint

Five men from eastern Africa have been handed over to French border police after being found hiding inside a lorry heading to Flintshire.

UK Border Agency said the five would-be illegal immigrants were found by its officers in Calais, France, last week.

The Polish-registered vehicle was later allowed to continue its journey to Flint.

The suspected stowaways, from Eritrea, were hiding among the lorry's load of paper towels, said the agency.

The agency said the driver and the haulage company faced a potential fine of up to £2,000 per stowaway if they were unable to prove they took steps to secure the vehicle.

Carole Upshall, UK Border Agency director for the South and Europe, said: "Our strong presence in French ports like Calais helps protect the whole of the UK from people illegally entering the country."

The agency said the men were found after officers using carbon dioxide detectors "had an indication that people were aboard the vehicle".

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