FOUR illegal immigrants were found hiding inside a lorry-load of copper piping bound for Fareham.
The four, all men from Eritrea, were discovered in a Polish-registered lorry by a sniffer dog at Calais port in France.
The stowaways were handed over to the French border police and the vehicle was allowed to continue on to its undisclosed destination in Fareham.
But the Polish driver and the haulage company now each face a potential fine of up to £2,000 per stowaway if they are unable to prove they took steps to secure the vehicle.
Carole Upshall, the UK Border Agency Director for South and Europe said: ‘This incident shows why we base UK Border Agency staff in France – to stop would-be illegal immigrants before they can reach the UK.
‘Our strong presence in French ports like Calais helps protect the whole of the UK from people attempting to enter the country illegally. As well as using sniffer dogs, officers also use heartbeat detectors and carbon dioxide probes and physical searches to find people hiding in vehicles.’