Driver arrested on suspicion of people trafficking after 13 men found in back of lorry - The Rugby Observer

Driver arrested on suspicion of people trafficking after 13 men found in back of lorry

Editorial Correspondent 24th Aug, 2017 Updated: 29th Aug, 2017   0

IMMIGRATION officers have been informed after police found 13 men in the back of a Romanian lorry on the A45 near Rugby.

Police stopped the lorry at the Mangrove Service Station on the A45 London Road at 2pm on Thursday August 24.

The men found inside the insulated lorry were treated for heat exhaustion by ambulance staff, and three of them required hospital treatment. None of the injuries are thought to be serious.

The remaining men have been taken into custody.

Pete McLaren, spokesperson for Rugby Trade Union and Socialist Coalition, described the news as ‘sad and avoidable’.

He said: “It shows how desperate people have become to jump onto an overcrowded vehicle knowing it is illegal and dangerous.

“Every day we see people trying to flee persecution or poverty by cramming into boats in dangerous conditions. Increasing numbers drown, which is appalling.”

He added that immigration had net benefits to host communities and countries, including economic ones.

“Migrants put in more than they take out, a fact some people simply won’t accept,” he said. “It is our political and moral duty to welcome all migrants, while ensuring funding travels with them to sustain services. We must stop demonising migrants and give them safe passage.

“As the fifth wealthiest nation in the world, we have to do much, much more to provide the resources to enable safe migration to replace these dangerous and often illegal forms of transport.

“That would undermine the wicked ‘people smugglers’ who want to make quick profits out of other peoples’ misery, with no regard for their safety or well-being.”

The driver of the lorry, a 26-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of people trafficking.

Anyone with any information that could help police with their enquiries can call 101 and quote incident 221 of August 24. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers via or on 0800 555 111.


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