Wiltshire lorry found to contain 15 people leads to arrest of Irish man

An Irish man has been arrested after a truck was found to be containing 15 people in England last night. The man, in his 50s, was detained following the discovery in a Cork-based truck on the A350 near Chippenham in Wiltshire on Wednesday evening. A member of the public alerted officers to ‘suspicious activity’ involving the vehicle.

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. The Neil Prendeville Show on Cork’s RedFM 104-106 confirmed that the truck involved was owned by Delaney Transport international in Glanmire, Co Cork reports Irish Mirror. A statement from Mike Delaney, issued to the radio station, read: “We can confirm that the truck involved in last night’s incident in Chippenham was one of our ‘Delaney Transport Trucks’.

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“Our driver was on the way from Calais to Dover.

The driver heard knocking and thought it was a flat tyre. “He came off the motorway and pulled in to a lay-by. He then heard knocking from the trailer when the truck stopped.

“Another lorry driver, who had pulled in to the area, came over to see if everything was OK. “That lorry driver then heard knocking on the trailer as well.

Police at the scene in Wiltshire

The Delaney transport driver then immediately called the police who arrived to find 15 people in the back of the trailer. “The driver was taken to the nearest police station and has been questioned.

“Mike Delaney has been co-operating with the police all morning and will continue to do so. “His driver is also co-operating with police. “Delaney Transport have been operating out of Cork for 55 years and for 45 years on the continent.”

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said yesterday: “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.

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“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.” For more of today’s top stories in Belfast and beyond, click here.

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