Fifteen migrant children found in refrigerated lorry

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

The 15 children and six adults are thought to be from Vietnam, and the group were found concealed in a shipment of sparkling water at the port of Newhaven on Thursday.

A criminal investigation into the circumstances of their arrival was under way.

A Romanian man believed to have been driving the vehicle has been charged with assisting unlawful entry to the UK.

The children were said to be "fine" and did not require medical treatment.

The adults - five women and five men - were interviewed by immigration officials, the Home Office said.

Children, some as young as 12 years of age, were among the 21 people who were found inside a refrigerated lorry entering the UK, BBC reported.

Andrut Duma, 29, was remanded in custody after appearing before magistrates on Saturday accused of immigration offences.

"One young person subsequently absconded from our care, meaning that as of today we continue to care for nine young people".

Two of the six adults were removed from the United Kingdom, and the other four went to immigration detention centres while their cases were assessed.

A Vietnamese illegal migrant was found in their vehicle during a Border Force search of their auto.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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