Essex

Stowaways found hiding in tyres of Essex-bound lorry

Man hiding in tyre
Image caption The men were found in a load of tyres in a lorry heading for Basildon

Ten stowaways have been found hiding in a lorry load of tyres heading for Basildon in Essex.

The men from Vietnam, Iran and Iraq, were found by a sniffer dog at Calais ferry port, the UK Border Agency confirmed.

They were removed from the lorry and handed over to French authorities.

The Polish-registered company and driver could be fined up to £2,000 per stowaway if found not to have taken adequate steps to secure the load.

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites