10 Stowaways Found Hiding in Tyre Truck
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has reported that 10 stowaways have been found trying to enter the UK in a lorry load of tyres heading for Basildon, Essex. The men, who were from a number of countries including Vietnam, Iran and Iraq, were sniffed out at Calais ferry port by the UK Border Agency (new window) body detection dog, 'Buddy' on 26 July. Border officers removed the would-be illegal immigrants from the lorry and handed them over to French authorities.
According to the UKBA, The Polish-registered company and the driver now each face a civil penalty of up to £2,000 per stowaway if they are found not to have taken adequate steps to secure the load.
UK Border Agency Regional Director Carole Upshall said: “This is exactly the reason why we base so many of our staff in France – to stop illegal immigrants before they can reach the UK.”
Along with dogs like Buddy, a 3-year-old collie cross, border officers use heartbeat detectors and carbon dioxide probes to find people hiding in vehicles.