The driver of a lorry transporting 27 suspected immigrants was arrested on the M6.
On Wednesday – 9 January, at about 5.45pm, police closed a part of M6, close to Stoke-on-Trent, following the search of the aforementioned lorry on the Northbound Carriageway. In the process of the search, some immigrants attempted escaping but were rounded up by officers almost immediately. Thereafter, they were medically assessed and were taken to Immigration Officers for an interview.
The driver, the 42-year-old man, was apprehended at the scene of the incidence, on the accusation of aiding an unlawful entry of persons, into the United Kingdom according to Staffordshire Police.
The road was closed down
The brief road close down caused a traffic situation that left some Burton fans travelling to watch Manchester City stuck for hours.
As a result, hundreds of fans could not make it to the kick-off time. A man close to the scene said about 40 police cars passed him and he could see that 3 or 4 lorries were stopped and a search was carried out. He said, though there is a report of many persons escaping through the back of the lorries, he did not see any.
According to Staffordshire Police, concerns for people being transported in the back of a lorry made officers from the division to stop a lorry on the M6 Northbound Carriageway close to Junctions 15 and 16 at almost 6 pm.
They confirmed that several people did flee from the lorry but were entirely rounded up. There was no report of serious injuries though ambulance medics were seeing treating some men on the floor.
The road was reopened at about 10 pm, Highways England said.
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