Driver jailed after immigrants found in vehicle
driver of a van in which seven would-be illegal immigrants were
discovered heading for Dover has been jailed days after the offence
The immigrants were stopped from entering the UK after Border
Force officers found them hidden in a purpose built hide inside the
van at Calais port.
The group consisting of four men, a woman and two children -
all from Sri Lanka - were discovered in the early hours of March
The 51-year-old driver has already appeared in a French court
and been jailed for four months.
Officers had selected the German-registered hire van which was
carrying insulation boards for further examination after it arrived
at the port to catch a ferry to Dover. Delivery documents showed
its intended destination as Wembley.
A heart beat detector check showed a positive reading and
officers conducted a search of the vehicle, uncovering a concealed
After forcing open the box, which contained lighting and fans,
officers found the seven would-be migrants.
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