Lorry driver arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle migrants out of the UK

A Romanian lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to smuggle people out of the UK.

The 37-year-old was arrested at the Port of Dover on Thursday afternoon (1 October).

National Crime Agency officers found four men, two Bangladeshis, one Indian and one Egyptian, hidden in the rear of an HGV trailer.

They were all suspected of having been in the UK illegally and have been handed to the immigration authorities to be dealt with. The lorry was booked to sail on a ferry to Calais later that day.

NCA branch commander Andy Noyes said: “Criminal groups involved in people smuggling do not care about the safety or wellbeing of those they transport.

They just see them as a commodity to be profited from.” Officers say they are determined to do what they can to ‘disrupt their activities’.

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