A LORRY in which 15 dehydrated migrants were discovered at a Westcountry service station was reportedly bound for Cornwall.
Avon and Somerset Police said the vehicle was stopped at about 1pm on the A303 near Ilminster after officers received calls about "shouts and banging" coming from inside.
The German lorry driver has since been arrested on suspicion of facilitating the unlawful entry of people into the UK.
The foreign nationals, who told police they were from Eritrea and Kashmir, included men, women and a 15-year-old boy.
The people on board the lorry were thought to have been suffering from dehydration and were treated by paramedics.
The lorry, owned by international freight company Thermotraffic, left Sweden last Friday bound for Cornwall via Germany, the driver's boss told Sky News.
The driver was due to drop off industrial cargo in Exeter and Plymouth before picking up flowers and vegetables to return to the Continent on Wednesday.
An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: “We received several calls earlier this afternoon raising concerns about noises coming from the back of a lorry.
“Officers stopped the lorry at a service station on the A303 Southfields roundabout at Ilminster, near Taunton at about 1pm.
“A total of 15 people were found on board, including men, women and a 15-year-old boy. They have stated they are from Eritrea and Kashmir.
“They were checked over by paramedics at the scene, but there are no ongoing concerns over their health or wellbeing and they’ve been provided with medical support and supplies.
“We’re now liaising with the local authority to manage their ongoing welfare needs.
“The lorry, which originated in mainland Europe, has been seized as part of our investigation.
“A man, who is from Germany, has been arrested on suspicion of facilitating the unlawful entry of people into the UK.”
The discovery comes after the death of Meet Singh Kapoor, 40, from Afghanistan, who was found dead inside a container at Tilbury Docks in Essex on Saturday.
Members of the 34-strong group, including 13 children, survived the ordeal. They are all Afghan Sikhs from Kabul