Suspected illegal immigrants found in lorry in Wellingborough

Children and adults were found in the back of the lorry (pictures courtesy of We Are Northamptonshire on Facebook)
Children and adults were found in the back of the lorry (pictures courtesy of We Are Northamptonshire on Facebook)

Children were among a group of suspected illegal immigrants discovered in the back of a lorry in Wellingborough.

Police were called after reports of some men jumping out of a lorry in London Road, Wellingborough, at about 10.45am yesterday (Monday) followed by a second report about 15 minutes later.

Police were called just before 11am yesterday

Police were called just before 11am yesterday

A spokesman for Northants Police said: “The first one was someone reporting that they had seen some men jumping out of a lorry in London Road.

“The second was that a number of people had been found in a lorry in Nest Farm Road.

“Three adults and four children were detained by police and we informed the immigration authorities.”

They were taken into safe custody until the immigration authorities arrived.

Police on the Hemmingwell estate yesterday

Police on the Hemmingwell estate yesterday

A spokesman for the Home Office said: “Immigration Enforcement was contacted by Northamptonshire Police after police officers attended an incident on Nest Farm Crescent, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, on Monday, August 14.

“Police officers encountered a family unit of a man, woman and four children, who presented themselves as Iraqi nationals, as well as a man not related to the family, who presented himself as an Iranian national.

“All were referred to the Home Office and their cases will be progressed in line with the immigration rules.”

The spokesman added: “Where someone has no right to remain in the UK, we will take action to remove them.

Pictures courtesy of We Are Northamptonshire (on Facebook)

Pictures courtesy of We Are Northamptonshire (on Facebook)

“Immigration Enforcement is an operational directorate within the Home Office responsible for enforcing immigration law.”

Margot Parker, MEP for Northamptonshire, said: “It was distressing to hear of suspected illegal immigrants being found in Wellingborough, particularly as children were found among them.

“The Home Office has said if they have no right to be in the UK, action will be taken to remove them – but yet again, we have to ask the question, ‘how do these people manage to cross our border?’”