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VIDEO: Arrests made as immigrant search continues

VIDEO: Arrests made as immigrant search continues

Published at 10:40pm 7th April 2016. (Updated at 7:36pm 8th April 2016)

Police believe there are still people missing from a lorry which stopped on the A168 near Boroughbridge last night.

Up to 15 people were seen getting off the vehicle just before 6.40pm, near Junction 48 of the A1(M).

The driver of the lorry, a 49-year-old man from Lithuania, has been arrested on suspicion of an immigration offence and remains in custody.

Three other men, aged 20, 24 and 29, of no fixed address but believed to be from the Kurdish region of the Middle East, have also been arrested on suspicion of illegally entering the UK.

A mother and three children, a young woman and a single mother with two children were taken to Harrogate Police Station and have since been transferred into the care of the local authority.

Officers have received reports that around five men of Asian appearance were seen walking north on the A1(M) last night.

Despite extensive searches, including the assistance of the National Police Air Service, they remain outstanding.


Searches for the missing men are continuing today, and to assist their enquiries, officers are appealing to members of the public in the Boroughbridge area and towns and villages along the A1 corridor to report any sightings of the men.

They are also urging people to check their sheds and outbuildings in case any of the missing men have taken shelter there.

Police are asking people to dial 999 if they have an immediate sighting.

Anyone with other information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1 and pass information to the Force Control Room.

Update 6.35pm 

North Yorkshire Police say the men they believe are missing from the vehicle remain unaccounted for. 

A spokesperson said: "Officers have today carried out house to house enquiries in the area and searches of land using specialist search teams and sniffer dogs. The searches have now concluded. 

"The lorry driver who was arrested on suspicion of an immigration offence has been released on police bail while enquiries continue. The three men who were arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally are now in the custody of the Visa and Immigration service.

"A number of people have come forward to report potential sightings of the men, however, many of the reports have turned out to be calls made with good intent, but were not the people the police were looking for.

"Officers continue to appeal to members of the public to report any sightings, particularly along the A1 corridor around the Boroughbridge area. They are also appealing to members of the public to check their sheds and outbuildings for signs of occupation in case any of the missing men had taken shelter there."