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Islamabad, December 17, 2012 (PPI-OT): Officers using heartbeat monitors also discovered six Afghans hidden in a Polish registered vehicle

Thirty one would-be illegal immigrants have been prevented from entering the country after Border Force officers found them hiding inside four separate lorries on 12 December at Calais port waiting to cross to the UK.

In the early hours a sniffer dog indicated that there were people inside Turkish-registered lorry being driven by a Turkish driver. The vehicle, which was heading to Peterborough, was searched by officers who found 12 Albanians concealed in the load of mixed goods.

Officers using heartbeat monitors also discovered six Afghans hidden in a Polish registered vehicle, driven by a Polish national, laden with sofas en-route for Accrington.

Later the same morning a second indication by a detector dog, this time on a Czech registered vehicle, led officers to find six Albanians hidden in a load of nappies bound for Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire.

The fourth discovery was in an Irish-registered lorry heading to the Republic of Ireland laden with mixed goods. Following a positive indication on the vehicle by a dog the vehicle was searched by officers and seven people – three from Iran, two from Pakistan, one from Afghanistan and a Syrian – were found in the load.

All the stowaways were handed over to the French border police and the vehicles allowed to continue their journeys.

Paul Morgan, Director Border Force South East and Europe, said:

“Border Force officers work round the clock to keep the UK border secure.

This incident shows why we base Border Force staff in France – to stop would-be illegal immigrants before they reach our shores.

“Our strong presence in French ports like Calais and close collaboration with the French authorities helps protect the whole of the UK from people attempting to enter the country illegally.

“As well as using sniffer dogs, officers also use heartbeat detectors, carbon dioxide probes and physical searches to find people hiding in vehicles”.

A leaflet, issued by the Border Force, in partnership with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), gives information and advice to lorry drivers transporting freight to and from the UK on how to prevent illegal immigration and avoid becoming victims of crime.

For more information, contact:
Mike Girling
Press Attache
British High Commission
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk

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