HGVs stopped in people trafficking operation

MORE than 20 lorries were stopped and searched by police and immigration officials as part of an operation to raise awareness of the evils of people trafficking.

As well as inspecting the HGVs, officers gave drivers leaflets which explained how to secure their vehicle and who to contact if they suspect any stowaways have sneaked aboard their lorry.

No border jumpers were found during the operation, which took place at South Mimms services, but more than �20,000 worth of unpaid fines were recovered from hauliers who had previously been caught carrying stowaways.

Sgt Andrew Nayler said: “We do not have a specific issue in Hertfordshire but it is fair to say that people being illegally brought into this country may well travel through the county because of the major routes we have here.”