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Aesica Pharmaceuticals, Queenborough, destroyed ingredients after immigrants jumped from lorry

By Rachel O'Donoghue

The driver of a lorry which was found to have almost 30 illegal immigrants inside will not be prosecuted.

Police and border force officials were called to Aesica Pharmaceuticals, Queenborough, on October 12 to reports dozens of migrants had jumped out of a vehicle delivering to the company.

The group - comprising 27 Vietnamese nationals and one man from Laos - were rounded-up by emergency services and taken to a detention centre in Dover. Aesica was forced to destroy the entire lorry cargo, which was active pharmaceutical ingredients.

The illegal immigrants running from the grounds of Aesica Pharmaceuticals, North Road, Queenborough.
The illegal immigrants running from the grounds of Aesica Pharmaceuticals, North Road, Queenborough.

A spokesman for the Home Office has now confirmed no further action will be taken against the lorry driver and no fines will be issued against the haulage company he works for. She could not confirm any of the illegal immigrants’ current status.

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