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Five found in lorry heading from Calais to Newton Abbot

Stowaways in Newton Abbot lorry
Image caption A sniffer dog detected the five people in the lorry at the port of Calais

Five people from Eritrea, east Africa, have been found hiding in a lorry destined for Devon, by a sniffer dog.

The three women and two men were found at about 0440 BST on 25 August at the port of Calais, France.

UK Border Agency officers searched the Polish-registered lorry and found the five people among the load of mixed goods.

The five were handed over to French border police. The vehicle was allowed to continue to Newton Abbot.

The Polish driver and haulage company will be fined if they are unable to prove that they secured the vehicles sufficiently.

Head of European operations at the UK Border Agency Carole Upshall said: "As well as using sniffer dogs our staff also have heartbeat detectors, scanners and carbon dioxide probes to detect people who are hiding on board lorries."

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