Child was among seven illegal immigrants found in back of lorry in Haverhill
A child was among seven illegal immigrants found in the back of a lorry at Haverhill Business Park yesterday (Thursday, May 18). The illegal immigrants were found outside Culina Logistics in Iceni Way. They told police they were a mix of Iranian and Iraqi nationals and were taken into custody last night.
The child was passed to social services to be age-assessed, and a family of five was taken into temporary accommodation.
Another man remains in custody. A spokesperson for the Home Office said: “Immigration Enforcement was contacted by Suffolk Police yesterday, Thursday 18 May, after police officers attended an incident in Iceni way, Haverhill. “Seven people, who presented themselves as Iranian and Iraqi nationals, were taken into police custody on suspicion of entering the UK illegally.
“One man remains in custody, a claimed minor has been passed to social services to be age-assessed and a family of five was taken into temporary accommodation. All of their cases will be progressed in line with the immigration rules. ”
All seven of the immigrants needed medical treatment and one had to be taken to hospital. A spokesman from the East of England Ambulance Service said: “It was a call we got at 5.22 pm yesterday.
“It was to reports of an incident on Iceni Way in Haverhill. We dispatched two ambulance officers and our hazardous area response team. “At the scene medics assessed seven people with one requiring hospital treatment.
“Police were also on the scene.”
This is not the first time immigrants have been found inside Culina lorries. In 2014, 10 immigrants were found in the back of a chilled lorry covered in the yogurt they had been surviving on. In 2015 20 immigrants from Iraq and Iran were also found at the Culina yard.
The driver of the lorry is not being prosecuted.