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Suspected illegal immigrants detained at Greenham Business Park

Witness heard "banging" coming from lorry trailer

Chris Ord

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A LORRY-LOAD of suspected illegal immigrants was discovered in the back of an HGV at Greenham Business Park on Thursday last week.

Officers were called to Ministry Road after a witness heard banging coming from the back of the lorry at around 1.45pm before 18 foreign nationals were found in the trailer.

Paramedics were also at the scene with a number of those discovered believed to have been taken ill.

One eye witness described hearing noises from the back of the vehicle as the lorry tried to manoeuvre around the business park.

The witness told the Newbury Weekly News: “The vehicle was trying to get around where we were but the way the cars were parked it blocked his way through.

“He started to reverse back, which is quite a difficult manoeuvre for a 7.5-tonne lorry, and when he did that I could hear banging coming from the back.

“I ran up to the driver, but he didn’t speak a word of English so I called the police.

“Eighteen of them were brought out the back and I understand quite a few of them were unwell – ambulances were there and all sorts.”

He added: “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Thames Valley Police spokesman Gareth Ford-Lloyd said 18 people had been detained and the matter was now being dealt with by the Home Office.

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  • rachaele

    02/01/2017 - 09:09

    I cannot believe the xenophobic, small minded reactions of readers of this website. These people are leaving their homes, mostly escaping persecution - and the horrific means of arrival just highlights the desperation they are under. Cries of "illegals" (what a horrible turn) stealing our jobs and NHS resource is shortsighted - these people come here to work; often taking the jobs. They come here to be contributing members of society. Ask yourself this - if a war broke out in Newbury and you saw torture and ethnic cleansing on the scale of Aleppo - would you stay? With no means of "legal" escape and facing certain death, the open back door of a truck is a beacon of hope. The *massive* influx of refugees into Germany at the end of 2015 has actually brought huge economic benefits to the country, and the arrival of refugees in Denmark from 1991 to 2008 actually meant Danes started earning *more* money as they were pushed into higher paying jobs. I am ashamed by a lot of these comments.

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    • NewburyLad

      03/01/2017 - 08:08

      Most of them pass through several safe countries before coming here, so they immediately lost the convenient "escaping persecution" tag that hand-wringers love to use. Those that fall out of the back of lorries have not applied through normal channels, they have illegally entered the country and that is a fact, whether you dislike the use of the word or not. There is absolutely no evidence of a mass invasion of Germany contributing to the German economy, but there is evidence that their presence is now making German women scared to go out in their own country. Presumably you want the same thing to happen here...Rotherham springs to mind. Lastly I don't give a monkey if you are ashamed by these comments, we can all see for ourselves what is happening and we will refuse to be hushed up by leftist hand wringers.

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  • NewburyLad

    30/12/2016 - 11:11

    Another day another lot are found. Every day hundreds of lorries, with foreign drivers, enters the UK. It is therefore quite reasonable to assume that half of those lorries are carrying 10-15 illegals each. That means easily a 1000 illegal immigrants a day are entering the UK. And of course the Limp Dumbs and the Labour party will tell us they are all Doctors and Scientists and will soon be paying top rate tax to our country and that there is nothing to worry about. Wake up people.

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    • Bombey

      30/12/2016 - 19:07

      good to see common sense has left the building.

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      • NewburyLad

        31/12/2016 - 00:12

        Sad to see that the sand you bury your heads in is getting deeper.

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        • Bombey

          31/12/2016 - 11:11

          Do you honestly think 365,000 illegal immigrants are entering the UK every year?

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      • NewburyLad

        31/12/2016 - 00:12

        Sad to see that the sand you bury your heads in is getting deeper.

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  • grumpy

    30/12/2016 - 10:10

    Send them all back where they came from

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