Captured Iraqi immigrant 'facing deportation'

Police arrest the suspect on the A69 near Brampton
Image caption The suspect was arrested near Brampton after being found by a police dog hiding in undergrowth

An Iraqi man recaptured after going on the run from immigration authorities in north Cumbria is facing deportation.

The 23-year-old, who has not been named, escaped from a van near Carlisle on Monday while being transported to an immigration removal centre.

He was found by a police dog in undergrowth near the A69 at Brampton on Tuesday and arrested.

The UK Border Agency confirmed steps were now being taken to "remove the man from the country".

A spokesman for the agency said: "A foreign national who absconded in the Cumbria area was apprehended close to Brampton.

"Steps will now be taken to remove him from the country.

"An investigation is currently under way to establish exactly what happened."

Cumbria Police said the man had been treated in Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary for minor injuries he sustained while on the run.

A force spokesman said the man was not facing any further action in connection with the damaged van.

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