Search uncovers 68 people in containers at Essex port

A general view of Harwich International port in Essex, as 68 people were assessed.

SIXTY-EIGHT people including 15 children and two pregnant women were rescued from container lorries on Thursday night (June 4) at Harwich port in Essex.
The pregnant women and five others were taken to hospital to be checked out, and were later released.
The majority of the people are believed to have come from Afghanistan, with others from Vietnam, China and Russia.
The Home Office said four Polish drivers had been arrested, a spokesperson stating: “We can confirm Border Force officers discovered 53 adults and 15 children during a proactive search of four lorries which had arrived at Harwich port from Holland on Thursday evening.
“Seven of those discovered were taken to hospital as a precaution, before being released. All 68 individuals are now in the care of Border Force. Four Polish nationals, who were driving the vehicles, have been arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration.”

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