Fifteen people arrested for attempting to enter UK illegally after being found in lorry near Chippenham in Wiltshire

A man in his 50s from Ireland was also arrested on suspicion of assisting with illegal entry into the country

By Serina Sandhu

Police drove away the vehicle after making the discovery (Photo: Andrew Plant/BBC)

Fifteen people who were found in the back of a lorry in Wiltshire have been arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally.

A man in his 50s, from Ireland, has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting with illegal entry into the country.

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The incident comes two weeks after the bodies of 39 Vietnamese citizens were found in a refrigerated lorry container in Essex.

Wiltshire Police said they did not know the nationalities of the 15 individuals but they are all believed to be men aged between 16 and 30.

The force made the discovery on Wednesday evening after receiving reports of “suspicious activity” involving a lorry which had stopped on the A350 near Chippenham. Officers closed the road at Kington Langley.

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