MORE than a dozen people have been found in the back of a lorry off the M4 in Wiltshire, police have confirmed.
Police were called at 8.30pm last night to a report of suspicious activity involving a lorry on the A350, south of the M4.
Officers attended the scene and located 15 people in the rear of the vehicle.
A Wiltshire Police spokesman said: “At this early stage of our investigation, we believe they are all over the age of 16.
“Colleagues from the ambulance and the fire service attended the scene and carried out initial medical checks – fourteen of these people are currently being conveyed to custody, while one person has been taken to hospital for further checks – they are not believed to be in a serious condition.
“In addition, one man, aged in his 50’s, has been arrested on suspicion of assisting with illegal entry and taken to Swindon custody for further questioning.”
A road closure was put in place late last night on the A350 at the Kington Langley crossroads while the lorry was recovered.
Robert Burton, 31, from Chippenham, was driving down the A350 when he saw the incident unfold.
“Two ambulances passed us. We saw another five or six police cars then another three or four ambulances,” he said.
“We saw immigrants being pulled out of the lorry.
“One man had a jacket with the hood up. There was another man being treated.
“It was shocking. You expect it in the city. You don’t expect it in a small market town.”