Police were called after suspected illegal immigrants were seen climbing out of the back of a lorry.
But when officers arrived the four photographed men were gone.
They were snapped on Saturday and were believed to be at a lorry park.
The men seen around the back of a lorry, Dover.
Kent Police spokesman Steve Knight said: “Kent Police was called at 4.41pm on Saturday 22 ,April to a report that suspected migrants had been seen exiting the back of a lorry in Coombe Valley Road, Dover.
“Officers attended and carried out a search of the local area but were unable to locate the people in question.”
The image shows one man leaving from the rear of the truck, another men standing on a fence and two others on the pavement with a bag.
The slanted image, taken from a car, caused a stir on social media.
A woman eyewitness did not want to be named but told the Mercury: “As I came down Coombe Valley Road I saw them climbing out of the lorry and they then made their way to St Radigund’s.”
She also said: “Please tell me I’m not the only person worried to see this happening right on my doorstep.”
Residents along Newport Gap Pike blame tractor-trailers that regularly rumble past their homes for sleepless nights to broken windows to potholes.
A law designed to limit noise from heavy-truck engines passing through Delaware residential areas is difficult to enforce because of a “loophole” written into its recently-adopted text, a state police officer said Monday at a town hall meeting attended by irate residents, who live along Del. 41.
The act, which bans the use of the cacophonous tractor-trailer braking system, known as jake brakes, passed the General Assembly last year. But a truck driver may still use the auxiliary, engine-compression brakes, if there is an emergency, Delaware State Police Lt. Mike Wysock said.
“Here’s what happens when you go to court…all you have to say is ‘your honor (the traffic light) was yellow, I didn’t want to run a red light,’ so it was an emergency and (the ticket) gets dropped,” Wysock said to the crowd of more than 100 residents, who for years have been petitioning the state to more strictly regulate the heavy trucks that pass by their houses.
“Everyone thinks, ‘oh, he jake braked, so we can go and arrest him.’ Well, you can, but as soon as you stop him, he’s got a valid excuse that’s going to get (the ticket) dropped,” Wysock added.
The Monday-night meeting, which occurred at Cedars Methodist Church, was the latest in a series of public gatherings by residents who are fed up with what they describe as loud trucks that speed daily – and nightly – through residential neighborhoods along the Del. 41 and Del. 48 corridors between Wilmington and Hockessin.
The noise and vibrations from the big rigs damage foundations of houses and other structures near the roadway, including Cedar Methodist, which sits a block from Del. 41, said Bill Taylor, an area resident and trustee of the church.
Kim Williams, the sponsor of the anti-jake braking bill last year, was perplexed that the law was not having its desired effect. Further legislation may be necessary, she said at Monday’s meeting. She also expressed concern that any citation issued by an officer, who is not part of the state police’s dedicated truck enforcement team, does not show up on a truck driver’s federal registration.
”There was a little confusion there…my understanding is that they are issuing tickets and it affects their driving record,” she said.
Frustration with the heavy trucks caused a feud to arise over the last year between residents who live on Del. 41 and Del. 48, with each side insisting the other is more suitable for the trucks that pass between Wilmington and Lancaster.
But that neighborhood infighting showed signs of diminishing Monday after many sounded a conciliatory tone despite continued frustration over the trucks that avoid police scrutiny.
“The problem that we have now is going to take cooperation from everyone, 41 and 48,” Taylor said at the meeting.
The truck-traffic dispute last year also caused political ramifications statewide after many observers say former-Senate Pro Tempore Patricia Blevins, was unseated after the November election because of her stance that traffic engineers, not politicians, should decide the issue.
Republican Senator Anthony Delcollo took her spot to represent the district of residents who live along both the Del. 41 and 48 corridors.
Yet at the meeting Monday, scorn appeared to have shifted away from fellow neighbors and legislators. Instead, it zeroed in on Delaware Department of Transportation officials, who were noticeably absent. Williams said she was “embarrassed” that DelDOT had not attended.
Rep. Gerald Brady, D-Hockessin, echoed the sentiment at the meeting, asking rhetorically, “is anyone here from the governor’s office? Who is his cabinet secretary?”
“In her absence, where is the executive branch of government? They make the decisions,” Brady said.
DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan, in an email to the meeting organizer Mary Anne Summers, said she could not attend because she is currently out of the country. It is unclear why another representative from DelDOT did not attend. State officials attended numerous previous public gatherings on the issue during the past year.
After the 3-hour meeting came to a close, Delcollo said the state should immediately look into installing signs on Del. 41 that warn truck drivers of nearby traffic lights and should consider adjusting the speed limit.
“There are some things that would require minimal investment with infrastructure, (and) we could get to them very quickly,” he said.
CHICAGO, Ill. — Online registration is now open for the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV Show).
From Monday, September 25 (by exhibitor invitation only) to Thursday, September 28, the world’s top truck and trailer brands and suppliers will be showcasing new equipment on the floor of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 95% of the show’s exhibition space is booked.
“To receive complimentary admission to the NACV Show, we encourage all fleet managers to contact their key vendors for a customer code that they can utilize when registering online,” said Larry Turner, president and CEO of Hannover Fairs USA and co-organizer of the NACV Show. “Our floorplan is very comprehensive and easy to navigate for attendees who want to pinpoint exhibitor booths and product categories before visiting the show.”
Leading truck brands such as Daimler Trucks North America, Navistar, Volvo and Mack, as well as the top trailer manufacturers, including Great Dane, SAF Holland, Stoughton Trailer, Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company and Western Trailers will showcase new trucks and trailers. Commercial vehicle suppliers such as Tenneco, Bosch Auto Parts, Cummins, Dana, Dane Holding, Meritor and Hendrickson also will exhibit new parts and components. Joining these top equipment manufacturers and suppliers on the show floor will be the NACV Show’s key association partners, including the American Trucking Association, the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association and NGV America (Natural Gas Vehicles for America).
Joe Glionna, President of Newcom and co-organizer of the NACV Show said: “This is the place to be in September to experience everything new the commercial vehicle industry’s leading brands have to offer. We expect fleet management leaders and influencers from around the world will convene at our inaugural trade show to conduct one-on-one meetings with their favorite equipment providers, to connect with new suppliers and to invest in the latest trucks, trailers and commercial vehicle parts and components.”