Males believed to be from Afghanistan arrested on immigration offences in Stowmarket

The entrance to PPG Industries in Stowmarket. (File image from 2012)

The entrance to PPG Industries in Stowmarket. (File image from 2012)

Two males believed to be from Afghanistan have been arrested on immigration offences in Stowmarket this morning.

Suffolk Constabulary was called to Needham Road, outside PPG Industries, at 9.05am and the two males, described by officers as looking under the age of 18, were taken to Bury St Edmunds police investigation centre.

A police spokeswoman said the pair had not given a date of birth.

Home Office Immigration Enforcement was also called following the arrests.

A spokesman for the Home Office said: “The two males remain in police custody.

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“They both claim to be minors and are due to be age assessed by social services.

“Anyone found to have no right to remain in the UK will face removal from the country.”

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Pedro Perez, site manager for PPG, said the lorry was not on its way to the premises when the incident took place.

Mr Perez said: “The lorry driver approached the gates because he found illegal immigrants in the lorry.

“The guys on the gate called the police.

“At the time it was checked it was outside the premises.”

Mr Perez added he did not know where the lorry had come from and that the staff were happy to assist in the incident

A police spokeswoman added that no action was taken against the lorry driver.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council on behalf of social services said: “We continue to work with Suffolk police during this time as the two individuals are currently being assessed. After this a decision will be made on who will be responsible for their care.”

Also this afternoon, in Brockford, a member of the public notified police that he had spoken to a man who was seeking asylum in The Street.

The man was detained at 3.10pm and was also taken to the police investigation centre for questioning.

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