Suspected illegal immigrants found in the back of a lorry at Leighton depot

Eight stowaways thought to have illegally smuggled themselves into the country were found in the back of a lorry in Leighton on Tuesday.

Four men from Eritrea, two men from Sudan and one from South Africa have been taken to Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre after being discovered in the back of a lorry at PolarSpeed, on Firbank Way.

A 17-year-old male from Eritrea was assessed as a minor and was released by police with no further action.

He has been placed into the care of social services.

It is thought that the stowaways, all of whom were taken into police custody for questioning, managed to get onto the lorry in Calais.

The seven men will be held at Yarl’s Wood while their cases are being dealt with.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “If people have a genuine need of protection they should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach. If they are just seeking to evade immigration control they need to know that they are risking their lives and that they will get caught.”

A Polar Speed spokesperson said: “Polar Speed is aware of an incident on 17th March where suspected illegal immigrants were found in the back of a 3rd party lorry that was making a delivery to a Polar Speed depot.

“As the investigation is ongoing we are unable to provide any further details at this stage.”