'Illegal' immigrants from Iraq and Afghanistan are SUPERGLUED into back of lorry by traffickers and eat expensive Belgian chocolates to survive before being freed by firefighters

  • Ten Iraqis, including six children, and an Afghan national were found in the lorry
  • The vehicle pulled into a lay-by on the A303 and people nearby heard shouting
  • Migrants had been eating pricey chocolates which were being carried on board?
  • Firefighters had to cut open the glued doors using a heavy duty circular saw?

Firefighters had to cut free 11 'illegal immigrants' who were superglued into the back of a lorry by traffickers.

The ten Iraqis - including six children - and one Afghan national were discovered when the lorry pulled into a lay-by and people in a nearby cafe heard 'shouting'.

Police arrived but were forced to call the fire service for help to open the lorry from Europe because the locks had been glued shut, onlookers said.

The cafe owner at the lay-by on the A303 near Warminster, Wiltshire, said the migrants had been eating 'very expensive Belgian chocolate' being transported in the lorry.

Fire crews cutting the open the lorry door. This is the moment firefighters cut free 11 'illegal immigrants' who were superglued into the back of a lorry by traffickers

Fire crews cutting the open the lorry door. This is the moment firefighters cut free 11 'illegal immigrants' who were superglued into the back of a lorry by traffickers

After firefighters used a heavy duty circular saw to open the door of the lorry, those on board were let out the back of the trailer on the A303 near Warminster in Wiltshire

After firefighters used a heavy duty circular saw to open the door of the lorry, those on board were let out the back of the trailer on the A303 near Warminster in Wiltshire

A paramedic holds up a child who was taken from the back of the lorry which was filled with Iraqis and Afghans

A paramedic holds up a child who was taken from the back of the lorry which was filled with Iraqis and Afghans

They were medically assessed and were held by the police for allegedly illegally entering the UK on Saturday afternoon, police said.

Dave Thomas, owner of The Willoughby Hedge Layby cafe said: 'I was in the cafe on site with three drivers when someone came in and said that there was large banging on the side of one of the lorries.

'A couple of the drivers come in every Saturday just after lunch coming back from the continent and so once we were told of the banging, they went straight away to the back of the lorry to try and open the doors, but to no avail.

'We all knew straight away what the banging and shouting was. It has happened here twice before in the past 15 years I believe.

'Police were soon there as were the fire brigade, but then they had to wait for a special disc cutter to get the padlocks off.

'It seems that there was one who could speak English and the police learnt of the total numbers on board, and organised three ambulances who soon arrived.

'There were 12 police on site by then.

'The back doors had been locked.

'These it seemed had been damaged by both glue and force and could not be opened, and it seemed that this is a typical ruse by the gangs that organise people into the country.

'They get them into the lorry, replace the locks and them damage and super glue such that they cannot be opened.'

'The group had stowed way on the very back part of the trailer and had been feeding on the pallet of very expensive Belgian chocolate that was being carried.

'They seemed to have been very lucky as this trailer was a refrigerated unit, but the section that they and the chocolate was in was at normal temperature.'

The emergency services block the A303 as the rescue operation takes place near Warminster

The emergency services block the A303 as the rescue operation takes place near Warminster

Firefighters had to cut free 11 'illegal immigrants' who were superglued into the back of a lorry by traffickers

Firefighters had to cut free 11 'illegal immigrants' who were superglued into the back of a lorry by traffickers

Police from Warminster said the children were aged between six and 15, and crew from Trowbridge fire station said a baby was among the group.

A force spokesman added: 'The driver was unable to open the doors due to finding a lock had been damaged so the fire crew had to use cutting equipment to gain entry.

'As a welfare concern all of the group were individually medically assessed at the scene by paramedics and then deemed fit to be held by the police for illegally entering the UK.

'The lorry had come in from mainland Europe overnight and the matter will now be handed over to our colleagues from the Home Office immigration department to deal in conjunction with assistance from the police and child services.'

The Home Office confirmed Immigration Enforcement was called to the A303.

A spokeswoman said: 'Immigration Enforcement was contacted by Wiltshire Police on December 2 after police officers attended an incident involving ten Iraqi nationals, including six minors and one Afghan national at Willoughby Hedge on the A303.

'Where someone has no right to remain in the UK, we will take action to remove them.

'Immigration Enforcement is an operational directorate within the Home Office responsible for enforcing immigration law.'?

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