Irish man arrested in UK after 15 people found in back of Cork-owned lorry

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Irish man arrested in UK after 15 people found in back of Cork-owned lorry
Irish man arrested in UK after 15 people found in back of Cork-owned lorry

Fifteen people have been found in the back of an Irish-owned lorry in south-west England following reports of “suspicious activity” involving the vehicle.

Police in Wiltshire arrested an Irish man in his 50s on suspicion of assisting with illegal entry. He is in custody in Swindon.

All of the people who were discovered in the lorry, owned by Glanmire’s Delaney Transport International, in Chippenham are believed to be over the age of 16 and none is thought to be in a serious condition, according to police.

One person has been taken to hospital for further checks while the others have been taken into custody.

A police spokesman said: “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.

Delaney Transport International confirmed that their vehicle was involved in the incident.

“We can confirm that the truck involved in last nights incident in Chippenham was one of our ‘Delaney Transport Trucks,” the company said in a statement to The Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s RedFM.

“Our driver was on the way from Callais to Dover. The driver heard knocking and thought it was a flat tyre,” Mr Delaney said.

As the knocking continued “the Delaney transport driver then immediately called the Police who arrived to find 15 people in the back of the trailer.”

“The driver was taken to the nearest police station and has been questioned. Mike Delaney has been co-operating with the police all morning and will continue to do so. His driver is also co-operating with Police.”

It comes after eight people were arrested earlier this week by Vietnamese police in connection with the 39 migrants found dead in a lorry in Essex.

– Additional reporting Press Association

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