Stowaways found on a truck bound for Derbyshire
SIX would-be illegal immigrants have been found hiding inside a lorry bound for Derbyshire.
The Indian men were discovered hiding in the lorry at the Port of Coquelles, close to Calais, in Northern France.
The Estonian registered lorry was waiting for the Euro Shuttle roll-on/roll-off service to the UK on September 6.
Officers from the UK Border Force used a carbon dioxide probe and found the group hiding in boxes containing car parts which were due to be delivered to an unnamed company in Ilkeston.
The stowaways were handed over to the French border police and the vehicle was allowed to continue to its destination.
Paul Morgan, of the UK Border Force, said: "This incident shows why we base Border Force staff in France – to stop would-be illegal immigrants before they can reach the UK.
"Our strong presence in French ports like Coquelles helps protect the whole of the UK from people attempting to enter the country illegally."
Jessica Lee, MP for Erewash, said: "I would first thank the Border Force. You are working really hard to keep out illegal immigrants, if that is what this turns out to be
"When the details of this incident are made clearer I will be discussing any relevant issues with the local police force."
This was not the first incident this year of illegal immigrants heading for the area being stopped.
Six people – two men and four women, from Eritrea, east Africa – were found in a lorry heading to Burton.
The were also handed over to French authorities. The driver was allowed to leave as he was believed to have been unaware of the stowaways.