Tyne & Wear

Three 'immigrants' found in Tyneside bound lorry

Three suspected illegal immigrants have been stopped from entering the UK after being found in a chemical lorry bound for Tyneside.

Specially trained dogs discovered the three Eritrean nationals during a routine inspection on 27 August.

They were taken off the lorry by UK Border Agency officers in Calais, France and handed over to French police.

The lorry, driven by a Slovak national, continued on to Seaton Delaval.

The driver could face a £6,000 fine if officers believe the vehicle was not properly secured to prevent illegal immigrants from hiding inside.

In 2009, 29,000 people attempted to cross the channel illegally.

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