Three men found hiding in lorry at port

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THREE illegal immigrants were found in a lorry at Portsmouth ferry port.

Border Force officers discovered the men in a Spanish lorry after the ferry from Caen came in at 11pm on Tuesday.

A carbon dioxide scanner revealed the presence of people in the load.

When it was opened, the stowaways – two Afghans aged 18 and 24 and a 22-year-old Albanian – were found hiding among textile materials. It’s thought the trio had entered the vehicle by cutting a hole in its roof. The men were removed to Caen at 12.45am the following day.

Andy Lumb, of Border Force, said: ‘This incident shows how effective technology can be in detecting illegal immigrants who try and enter the UK.

‘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.’