21 found in refrigerated truck at UK port

Children Among 21 People Found In Refrigerated Lorry At UK Port Report

The group was hiding within the sparkling water that the lorry was carrying at the port of Newhaven in Sussex.

The group were found concealed in a lorry which had stopped at Newhaven port, pictured.

The suspect, who has been named as 29-year-old Andrut Mihai Duma, is being held in custody until a hearing at Lewes Crown Court on 26 November.

A spokesperson said the group consisted of 17 people, claiming to be aged between 12 and 17, who said they were Vietnamese. Officials discovered 10 adults and 11 minors, all Vietnamese. They were cold but did not need medical treatment, the BBC reported.

'Where someone has no right to remain in the United Kingdom, we will take action to remove them, ' a spokesman said.

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The eight other adults, aged between 21 and 28, have been told they must report regularly to the Home Office while their cases are assessed.

Last year Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner Kevin Hyland said more needed to be done to clamp down on businesses such as nail bars, which left young girls in particular at risk.

In July, a Romanian college student audaciously tried to hide a 16-year-old boy in a suitcase in the boot of his vehicle.

The Home Office said Wednesday that the truck was stopped on November 1 at the port of Newhaven shortly after it arrived on a ferry from Dieppe, France. Police said all 36 migrants are in good health.

Andrei Iancu, 20, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for attempting to smuggle the Vietnamese teenager into the UK.

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