Man arrested as 15 people found in back of lorry in Wiltshire are detained

A man has been arrested after police found 15 people in the back of a lorry in Wiltshire. A member of the public alerted officers to ‘suspicious activity’ involving the vehicle on the A350 near Chippenham. One of the people in the back of the HGV had to be taken to hospital, although they are not believed to be in a critical condition.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: “We were called by a member of the public shortly before 8.30pm this evening following a report of suspicious activity involving a lorry on the A350 near Chippenham. “Officers attended the scene and located 15 people in the rear of the vehicle. “At this early stage of our investigation, we believe they are all over the age of 16.

“Colleagues from the ambulance and the fire service attended the scene and carried out initial medical checks – fourteen of these people are currently being conveyed to custody, while one person has been taken to hospital for further checks – they are not believed to be in a serious condition.

“A road closure has been put in place on the A350 at the Kington Langley crossroads while the lorry is recovered.

“In addition, one man, aged in his 50s, has been arrested on suspicion of assisting with illegal entry and taken to Swindon custody for further questioning.”

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