Illegal immigrants from Iraq and Iran caught at motorway services

PUBLISHED: 17:48 08 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:28 26 October 2009

TWO illegal immigrants – one from Iraq and one from Iran – were discovered by police at a service station this morning (Monday). A joint operation between Hertfordshire Constabulary and immigration officers from the UK Border Agency found two stowaways at

TWO illegal immigrants - one from Iraq and one from Iran - were discovered by police at a service station this morning (Monday).

A joint operation between Hertfordshire Constabulary and immigration officers from the UK Border Agency found two stowaways at the Welcome Break service station in South Mimms.

The first man was discovered walking in the lorry park. After questioning, it was discovered he was an illegal entrant from Iraq.

The second man, from Iran, was seen getting out of a lorry and was arrested on the spot.

Both men were taken to an immigration detention centre, and will eventually be removed from the country.

In a busy morning for officers, they also caught two lorry drivers who had failed to pay a fine of almost £4,000 between them for bringing foreigners in to the UK illegally.

And a Lithuanian man was arrested for drink-driving and taken into custody.

Sgt Pete Scholes from Hertfordshire Constabulary said: "A team of six Hertfordshire police officers safely stopped a total of 42 vehicles during the operation and one man remains in police custody after being arrested for drink-driving."

This week, the UK Border Agency is targeting known 'hot spots' where illegal immigrants have previously been caught getting out of the backs of lorries.

Sgt Scholes added: "Today's operation is a great example of enforcement agencies working together.

"We were delighted to be involved and help UK Border Agency officials to deal with illegal immigration.


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