By Cristina Hodgson • 07 November 2019 • 6:29
A MAN in his 50s has been arrested on suspicion of assisting illegal entry after 15 people were found in the back of a lorry in Wiltshire.
A police spokesman said late yesterday evening (Wednesday): “We were called by a member of the public shortly before 8.30pm this evening following a report of suspicious activity involving a lorry on the A350 near Chippenham.
“Officers attended the scene and located 15 people in the rear of the vehicle. At this early stage of our investigation, we believe they are all over the age of 16.”
All of those found inside the were given medical checks at the scene, with one taken to hospital for further assessment and the others being taken into custody.
A road closure has been put in place on the A350 at the Kington Langley crossroads while the lorry is recovered.
The discovery has come amid heightened concern over the dangerous routes people take to get into the UK, after 39 people were found dead in a lorry trailer in Essex.
Police believe these victims were from Vietnam, where eight people have been arrested in connection with the deaths.
The driver of the lorry, Mo Robinson, 25, appeared at Chelmsford magistrates court charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.
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