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Lorry full of 15 dehydrated migrants stopped by police on A303 'bound for Cornwall'

By CMJacqui  |  Posted: August 19, 2014


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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

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  • cornishbabe70  |  August 24 2014, 12:50AM

    Oh yes i do know Rickoon my handsome,there were none,you are wrong my sweetee XX

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  • rickoon  |  August 23 2014, 6:13PM

    @cornishbabe70 "There were never any polish or italian guys who had married any local women,wrong again."………….I will leave it there, it is obvious you have little or no idea.

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  • cornishbabe70  |  August 23 2014, 5:51PM

    Rickoon,you are talking out of your backside,how would you feel if you had to work alongside any foreigner who kept on speaking in their language in front of you which is not only rude,but causes paranoia because you never know if they are talking about you or scheming against you which i and many others have encountered.There were never any polish or italian guys who had married any local women,wrong again.Also many places in Britain are no go areas for fear of natives being beaten up by immigrant communities, it's been on the news (not good), What about local unemployed people feeling like they are worthwhile assets? We already have people here who are worthwhile assets, it's these immigrants who come over here and take all the jobs from native people,why? The migrants tend to have their backsides licked so they are always favoured.

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  • rickoon  |  August 23 2014, 4:33PM

    cornishbabe70 It appears to me that you have a deep ingrained and very unhealthy disliking for foreigners, and may I say very disrespectful to any descendants and those who are still living of the 1000s of Polish Italians and many others who worked in the tin mines and married local maids, whose bloodlines are now as Cornish as any, if they want to be Cornish that is, with attitudes like yours it is not one of the Cornish best aptitudes.

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  • cornishbabe70  |  August 23 2014, 1:35PM

    Rickoon,i do live and let live,but unfortunately many migrants do not see it that way,our democratic procedure that governs the country are all a load of out of touch lilly livered soft touch loonies,well it's the best country for you,because your'e away with the fairies and to be honest,you don't seem like a cornish sounding person to me,you sound very middle class.The only change i don't like is the countryside being spoiled for the need of houses when brown spaces can be used and i certainly do not like some foreigner telling me what to do in my own country,it is not right to have a group of say Polish folk who are talking polish in front of you while working you probably would not like would you?

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  • rickoon  |  August 23 2014, 11:32AM

    cornishbabe70 This country is governed by our democratic procedure, this is what makes this country the best country to live in, for me anyway, you like many others are too scared of change, even little bitty Cornwall has its own language, and if someone wishes to only use that language and no other language that is their right, us Cornish have gone all over the globe taking their culture traditions with them but according to you others shouldn't bring their culture traditions to this country, I've got news for you, you are asking or expecting the impossible, try a little bit of "live and let live" it will work wonders.

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  • cornishbabe70  |  August 23 2014, 12:30AM

    You get over it Rickoon,you do not get it,Mp's are all the same,they do not give a flying stuff about us,only themselves,they're all lilly livered do gooders and i do not trust them i.e the three main parties.I will tell you what is mainly wrong being multicultral although this is not the case all the time,some foreigners like for example the Polish,Lithuaniuans etc ONLY stick to their own kind aswell as Arabs and then they expect us to follow THEIR example in OUR yes OUR country,so basically,if no body wants to speak english in our country,then they should not reside here.Now Rickoon ,i do not have a problem with multinationals intermingling with natives as i have worked with,lived and studied along side with people from around the globe in the past,but majority of the time, they do not want to embrace our culture especially eastern europeans and muslims.

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  • rickoon  |  August 22 2014, 6:17PM

    @cornishbabe70 Rickoon,i am not at all resentful we are stretched to the limit and cannot keep on letting people in our country,so what good would an MP do?.......More than what you can do, if there is something that needs doing (if you have good concrete evidence please put it up)...…. @cornishbabe70 "and why do you think that we are better as a multicultural country?"….Culture is just tradition nothing more or nothing less, so being a "multicultural country" with all different traditions intermingled what is wrong with that.

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  • cornishbabe70  |  August 22 2014, 1:40PM

    Rickoon,i am not at all resentful we are stretched to the limit and cannot keep on letting people in our country,so what good would an MP do?Nothing just like they all do and why do you think that we are better as a multicultural country?Wrong because the crime rate keeps rising ie muggings,thefts and fraudulent gangs and yes the NHS would function without foreigners as we were the ones who invented it.

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  • rickoon  |  August 22 2014, 12:03PM

    Get over it cornishbabe70. If all those that were not born in this country were going to go back, the NHS would not function as it does today for starters, we are a multicultural country and better for it if you ask me. These 15 will be assessed and dealt with accordingly, the best thing is for you to contact your MP and let your feelings be known, because this resentment that is coming over from you is not very helpful at all.

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