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POLICE have caught the final suspected illegal immigrant of a group who made a bid for freedom by running along the M27.

The drama brought the motorway to a standstill on Tuesday lunchtime when four youths fled from the back of the lorry they had been hiding in.

The alarm was raised after a motorist spotted an arm in the back of an articulated lorry and noticed that its covers had been slashed.

As police arrived at the scene, Power Technique Ltd in Concorde Close, Segensworth, four people fled from the back of the lorry.

As they ran on to the M27 close to junction nine police were forced to put a rolling roadblock in place for more than an hour.

Three of the group were captured quickly. The fourth was captured in the area later on Tuesday afternoon.

A 15-year-old boy, a 16-year-old boy and two 17-year-olds, all believed to be from south-east Asia, have been arrested on suspicion of committing immigration offences. They are not expected to be bailed.