Migrants 'found in the back of freezer lorry' as paramedics rush to treat people at Newhaven ferry port

16 February 2024, 13:03 | Updated: 16 February 2024, 13:44

The scene at Newhaven ferry port after migrants were found in the back of a lorry
The scene at Newhaven ferry port after migrants were found in the back of a lorry. Picture: Alamy

By Asher McShane

A group of migrants have been found in the back of a lorry at Newhaven ferry port in East Sussex.

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People were seen being taken out of a cross-Channel freezer lorry and being treated by paramedics.

Two men have been arrested and six people have been taken to hospital, Sussex Police said.

The Seven Sisters arrived from Dieppe this morning.The drive on, Ro-Ro ferry makes the trip from Newhaven to Dieppe daily.

Sussex Police said in a statement online: "We are currently supporting Border Force, who are the leading agency, and other emergency services after a boat carrying a number of people arrived on Newhaven beach.

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"A man has been arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry to the UK, and a second man has been arrested for illegally entering the UK.

"The ambulance service has taken six further people to hospital for treatment."

South East Coast Ambulance service said in a statement: “We were called at 9.40am this morning to an incident at Newhaven Ferry Port.

"A range of ambulance resources have attended, including our HART team, alongside other emergency service partners. We will not be providing further details at this time.”

Maria Caulfield MP posted online: "Very concerned about these reports. From my office in Newhaven we can see lots of activity opposite at the port and thanks to the emergency services responding."

Border Force and police are at the scene, while pictures show several ambulances in attendance.

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