Man arrested after 15 people found in the back of a lorry in Chippenham, Wiltshire

7 November 2019, 06:54

A man in his 50s has been arrested
A man in his 50s has been arrested. Picture: PA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

A man has been arrested after fifteen people were found in the back of a lorry in Wiltshire following reports to police of "suspicious activity."

Police were called to the A350 near Chippenham on Wednesday evening after a report of suspicious activity.

Wiltshire Police said a man in his 50s, was arrested on suspicion of assisting with illegal entry and taken to Swindon police station, where he is being questioned.

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Officers said all of the people who were discovered in the lorry are believed to be over the age of 16 and none is thought to be in a serious condition.

One person has been taken to hospital for further checks while the others have been taken into custody.

A police spokesman said: "We were called by a member of the public shortly before 8.30pm this evening following a report of suspicious activity involving a lorry on the A350 near Chippenham.

"Officers attended the scene and located 15 people in the rear of the vehicle.

"At this early stage of our investigation, we believe they are all over the age of 16."