Iraqis caught hiding in ham lorry

BORDER officials have caught five Iraqis as they tried to sneak into the UK - in a lorry packed with ham.

BORDER officials have caught five Iraqis as they tried to sneak into the UK - in a lorry packed with ham.

The Suffolk-bound lorry was stopped by UK Border Agency officers based in Calais at 2am last Wednesday, where a search uncovered the five Iraqis before the vehicle could board a ferry destined for the UK.

The Polish-registered lorry, containing a load of ham, was destined for Haverhill.

A UK Border Agency spokesman said: “We have hundreds of British immigrations officers based at ports in France and Belgium, working to stop illegal immigrants before they get to the UK.


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“UKBA uses heart beat detectors, carbon dioxide machines, sniffer dogs and visual searches to find well-hidden illegal immigrants.

“Last year over one million lorries were searched and we prevented 18,000 attempts to cross the English Channel without permission.”

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The five Iraqis that were detained have been handed over to the French authorities.

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