Lorry driver was 'trying to smuggle people out of UK'

A lorry driver has been arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle people out of the UK. The 37-year-old Romanian trucker was stopped just outside the port of Dover yesterday afternoon as part of National Crime Agency-led operation.

The driver was arrested in Dover

Four men – two Bangladeshis, one Indian and one Egyptian – were found in the rear of the curtain-sided trailer.

All four men were suspected of having previously entered the UK illegally. The lorry was booked to sail on a ferry to Calais but NCA and police officers prevented the HGV from boarding.

The driver is now being questioned of suspicion of attempting to facilitate illegal immigration.

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. “We are determined to do all we can to disrupt their activities.

“In this case four individuals have been prevented from making what was undoubtedly a dangerous journey.

“Our investigation continues.”

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