Lorries held 31 would-be immigrants

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a group of stowaways had their hopes of entering Britain dashed when border officials found 31 of them hidden inside four separate UK-bound lorries at the Port of Calais.

A sniffer dog indicated there were people inside a Peterborough-bound Turkish-registered lorry in the early hours of Wednesday and 12 Albanians were found among the cargo of mixed goods.

On the same day, officers using heartbeat monitors also discovered six Afghans hidden in a Polish-registered vehicle which was heading to Accrington, Lancashire, with its load of sofas.

Later a dog led officers to six Albanians hidden among nappies on a Czech-registered lorry bound for Barton-upon-Humber, Lincolnshire. A dog made a fourth discovery in an Irish-registered lorry heading to Ireland. Officers found seven people – three Iranians, two Pakistanis, an Afghan and a Syrian.

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