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Lorry search in Runcorn reveals 24 illegal immigrants

Twenty-four illegal immigrants, including a two-year-old child, have been found in a lorry in Cheshire.

Cheshire Police discovered a group from Iran, Iraq and Vietnam when they attended an incident in Runcorn on 27 November.

A 60-year-old lorry driver was arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration and released on police bail, a Home Office statement said.

The Home Office has just released details about his arrest.

The people were handed over to Immigration Enforcement with the exception of a woman and a two-year-old child who were passed to social services.

A Home Office spokesman said: "If people have a genuine need of protection they should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach.

"If they are just seeking to evade immigration control they need to know that they are risking their lives and that they will get caught."

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