Seven ‘migrants’ are arrested after being found in the back of lorry that arrived in the UK from France
- Five adults and two teenagers were found at Millbay Docks in Plymouth today
- Devon and Cornwall Police found the suspected migrants in a Mesguen lorry
- A record 202 illegal immigrants made the Channel crossing to Kent on Thursday
Seven suspected migrants have been arrested after being found in the back of a lorry at a port in Plymouth, days after after a record-breaking 202 crossed the Channel.
Devon and Cornwall Police received a report of the five adults and two teenagers being found at Millbay Docks at 7.15am today.
They were located in a Mesguen lorry trailer, which is believed to have arrived at the port on Friday.
The suspected migrants arrived the day after more than 200 illegal immigrants arrived on British shores on Thursday, with 48 arriving on three boats in Kent.
Five adult and two teenage suspected migrants have been arrested after being found in the back of a lorry at a port in Plymouth
A force spokesperson said: ‘The seven persons have been detained and have been assessed by South West Ambulance Service staff and their immediate welfare needs are being addressed.
‘Police are currently liaising with Border Force and the port authorities.
‘Initial inquiries would indicate the trailer arrived on a Brittany Ferries vessel from Roscoff yesterday.
‘All seven persons have been arrested for illegally entering the UK.’
Devon and Cornwall Police received a report of the five adults and two teenagers being found at Millbay Docks at 7.15am today
The news comes as 50 illegal immigrants made the Channel crossing to Kent on Friday.
Officers wearing face coverings were seen talking to the group of around ten people in Dungeness earlier in the day.
A further 58 illegal immigrants were picked up by French authorities and taken back to France on the day.
This year, migrants travelling to the UK on small boats and other craft has already soared to 3,421 – almost double the number of arrivals for the whole of 2019.
More than 200 illegal immigrants crossed the Channel to arrive on the British coast on Thursday – a record for a single day
French authorities intercepted around 20 migrants in a boat that was taking on water in the English Channel earlier in the day
Of those spotted in Dungeness, Kent, yesterday morning, a young man gave a thumbs up for the camera, in apparent glee having navigated the world’s busiest shipping lane from Calais to make it to Britain
On Thursday a record-breaking 202 migrants made the treacherous crossing to the UK.
Border Force dealt with 20 separate incidents as dinghies, kayaks, zodiaks and even a children’s dinghy were used to make the treacherous crossings of the 21 mile wide Straits of Dover.
All of the adults will be now processed by immigration officers who will interview them and discover if they are claiming asylum. If they do, checks will be made as to their history.
MailOnline revealed in April none of them will be tested for coronavirus by officials.