Africa stowaways caught in lorry border search

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A GANG of African stowaways have been caught trying to enter the UK illegally in a lorry full of kitchens bound for Doncaster.

The men from Eritrea were found hidden in the lorry in Dunkirk in northern France by UK Border Agency officers.

Officials at the time were examining vehicles which were due to travel across the English Channel to Dover.

They carried out a carbon dioxide test on the Slovakian registered lorry which gave a high reading.

Then, following a search in the back of the lorry, immigration officials discovered five men were hiding in the trailer.

They were handed over to the French authorities and the lorry was allowed to continue its journey.

However, the Slovakian driver and the haulage company could face a massive fine if they are unable to prove they took steps to secure the vehicle.

The lorry was full of flat pack kitchen units as it made its way to the borough.

The incident happened at around 6am on Saturday, May 16.

Carole Upshall, UK Border Agency’s director, said: “These incidents show why we base UK Border Agency staff in France - to stop would-be illegal immigrants before they can reach the UK.

“Our strong presence in French ports like Dunkirk helps protect the whole of the UK from people attempting to enter the country illegally.”