Police arrest 10 men on suspicion of illegally entering the UK – with more thought to still be on the run

Men suspected of having entered the UK illegally were detained on the A14

Men suspected of having entered the UK illegally were detained on the A14 - Credit: Gregg Brown

Ten men remain in custody on suspicion of illegal entry into the UK on the A14 at Newmarket.

Police were called at 10.10am this morning, to reports that a group of men had fled from a lorry on the A14 at Newmarket on the junction with the A142.

Witnesses have described a group of 20 or more black men exiting the lorry and leaving the scene. A search of the area is now underway, involving police officers and a police helicopter.

Seven men were detained at the scene and a further three were detained in Exning in Suffolk. All are being taken to Bury St Edmunds’ police station.

Sergeant Mark Robinson said: “A number of reports were received from witnesses who saw a group of men leaving a lorry. These varied widely in the number of people said to have been seen and following further investigation, including an extensive search of the vehicle, we now believe the number to be far less than originally reported.

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“A thorough search of the area was carried out, which included the use of air support and no further people were traced. We would continue to ask for anyone with information to call us on 101.”

Home Office Immigration Enforcement have been notified and will be taking over the case.

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