Illegal immigrants found hiding in lorry at Portsmouth port

CAUGHT A pair of would-be immigrants in the back of a lorry in Portsmouth
CAUGHT A pair of would-be immigrants in the back of a lorry in Portsmouth

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Two illegal immigrants discovered hiding in a lorry at Portsmouth’s ferry port have been deported.

The pair of Albanians, aged 29 and 30, were detained by Border Force officers after being found in the Lancashire-bound lorry at the port yesterday.

The ferry operator alerted the Border Force that two men were seen running around the port of Caen before the vessel departed.

When the boat arrived in Portsmouth, they were discovered by officers hidden in the lorry’s load of stone.

The men had cut through the lorry trailer’s canvas roof and neatly sewn the gap up in an attempt to evade detection.

Both men were returned to Caen last night and the vehicle was allowed to continue to its destination.

Andy Lumb, of the Border Force at Portsmouth, said: ‘This incident shows the lengths some would-be illegal entrants will go to in a bid to reach the UK.

‘Clearly these two men thought they had covered their tracks but were found thanks to the assistance of the ferry operator and determination of Border Force officers.

‘We are at the forefront of the fight to stop illegal immigrants, drugs, weapons and other contraband entering the UK and our officers are on constant alert to keep them out of the country.’