Illegal immigrants deported after being found in a lorry on the A1 at Grantham

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THREE illegal immigrants have been removed from the country after being caught on the A1 at Grantham.

The men, from Pakistan, were caught by Lincolnshire Police in a lorry on May 15. They were trying to get to France, unaware the lorry was heading to Glasgow.

A UK Border Agency investigation discovered that two of the men were found to have overstayed their visas and the third was found to be living and working in the UK illegally.

When questioned by officers, the men admitted that they had been attempting to get to France in the Glasgow-bound lorry. All of the stowaways were detained.

Two of the men were removed on May 21 while the third man was returned to Pakistan on July 19.

They now face being barred from re-entering the UK.

Rachel Challis, from the UK Border Agency in Lincolnshire, said: “This case shows how difficult it is for migrants to lead a normal life in the UK if they choose to overstay their visas. These people wanted to travel abroad but couldn’t, so they resorted to hiding in the back of a lorry.

“Migrants should always leave the UK before their visa has expired or face arrest, detention, removal and a ban on returning.

“Illegal migrants can’t survive in the UK without a job and access to other public services. If you have suspicions about anyone who might be here illegally, please report it.”

Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/report-crime.