Suspected illegal immigrants arrested in West Berkshire

17 men and lorry driver arrested after exiting van in Thatcham

John Herring


John Herring


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Seventeen suspected illegal immigrants have been arrested in West Berkshire today (Tuesday).

Police swooped on Colthrop after receiving reports of a group of men exiting a lorry in Colthrop Lane at 10.10am.

The search spread to nearby villages with a police helicopter, riot vans and numerous police cars dispatched.  

Thames Valley Police has arrested 17 men on suspicion of immigration offences. 

Police spokeswoman Connie Primmer said that the arrests ranged from entering the UK without to leave or a passport.

All 17 are currently in custody and the cases have been referred to the UK Border Agency.

The driver of the lorry, a 45-year-old man from Turkey, was also arrested.

The arrest is on suspicion of helping an asylum seeker enter the UK. 

Miss Primmer said that police were still conducting searches in the area and that any residents with concerns should contact the force on the 101 number.  

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  • Sausages

    04/02/2016 - 20:08

    Blood hell they must be desperate if they want to live in a s***hole like West Berkshire!


  • Darrin666

    03/02/2016 - 11:11

    How do you tell a hard working refugee with a member of isis.?.


  • Andy160165

    02/02/2016 - 20:08

    Driving through woolhampton this morning saw 2 of them been arrested and put in a police van outside the Angel pub Also two police cars on the left hand side checking out some more guys


  • freddy

    02/02/2016 - 17:05

    more immigrants that will probably allowed to stay and overwhelm our our already strained housing - doctors surgery,s - hospitals - and welfare system


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