Newhaven: Six taken to hospital after migrants found in lorryon February 16, 2024 at 3:38 pm

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Sussex Police says two arrests have been made in connection with the incident in Newhaven.

Emergency service crews at Newhaven Ferry PortImage source, Eddie Mitchell

Six people have been taken to hospital after migrants were found in a lorry aboard a ferry in East Sussex, police have said.

The number of people found at Newhaven Ferry Port has not yet been confirmed.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry to the UK and a second man was arrested for illegally entering the UK, Sussex Police said.

No fatalities have been reported at this stage and the port remains open.

Border Force and police were at the scene, while pictures showed several ambulances were in attendance.

South East Coast Ambulance Service said it was called to the port at 09:40 GMT.

The Home Office said Border Force was supporting the emergency services, but added: “While the incident is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

An air ambulance by Newhaven Ferry Port

Image source, Graham Hunter

On X, formerly Twitter, Lewes MP Maria Caulfield said she was “very concerned about these reports”.

“From my office in Newhaven we can see lots of activity opposite at the port,” she said, adding: “Thanks to the emergency services responding.”

Speaking to BBC Radio Sussex at 13:00, Ms Caulfield said: “The ferry’s still there, normally the ferry would have left by now so it’s been quite obvious for most of the morning that there’s been a problem at the port.”

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