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Stowaways found in Lincoln-bound lorry

By LWallace_LE  |  Posted: October 05, 2012

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Four would-be illegal immigrants have been stopped from entering the UK after Border Force officers found them hiding inside a lorry which was bound for Lincoln.

Two men and two women, all from Vietnam, were discovered at the Port of Calais on September 20, as the Bulgarian registered lorry waited to board a ferry to the UK.

A sniffer dog detected the group hiding among the load of potatoes which were due to be delivered to Mere Road, Lincoln.

The stowaways were handed over to the French border police and the vehicle was allowed to continue onto its destination.

Paul Morgan, of Border Force, said: "This incident shows why we base Border Force staff in France - to stop would-be illegal immigrants before they can reach the UK.             "Our strong presence in French ports like Calais helps protect the whole of the UK from people attempting to enter the country illegally."

As well as using sniffer dogs, Border Force officers use carbon dioxide probes, heartbeat detectors, and physical searches to find people hiding in vehicles.

A leaflet, issued by Border Force, in partnership with the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), gives information and advice to lorry drivers transporting freight to and from the UK on how to prevent illegal immigration and avoid becoming victims of crime:http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/newsarticles/2011/july/22lorry-crime-prevent

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  • screenman  |  October 08 2012, 8:10AM

    I went into the green grocer and asked for 2lb of potato's he said they are kilo's now mate, so I asked for 2lb of kilo's, boy did he look at me weird.

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  • Phil1W  |  October 07 2012, 11:10PM

    When we buy our bags of potatoes from Tesco etc will it say "produce of Bulgaria" on the bags? I think more likely "produce of *****" will be conveniently missed off!

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  • gsx1100  |  October 06 2012, 7:13PM

    Before you all start throwing yourselves off tall buildings, part of the problem is this years potato crop has been badly hit by the wet weather. A lot of other crops have also been affected leading to supermarkets are saying they will sell "misshapen" fruit and veg. While the market offers good value, local farm shops, if you have the means to get there, offer better value and fresher goods than the supermarkets.

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  • InsideStory  |  October 06 2012, 6:21PM

    The produce on Lincoln market stalls are far better quility than any supermarket Hence the reason rents are so high to prevent stall holders selling goods cheaper than their landlords own supermarkets just around the corner.But the market fruit and veg stalls are very cheap all the same and would recommend you pay a visit to pepps butchers too just further along for the best meats you can find anywhere .

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  • blindimp  |  October 06 2012, 12:14PM

    If you want local spuds, they maybe mucky, but go to the market off sincil street. 3 lb for a quid, absolute belters. You heard it here first.

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  • 917199  |  October 06 2012, 12:21AM

    Must of heard of the job opportunities at Branston potatoes.

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  • Gnome_Chomsky  |  October 05 2012, 11:49PM

    Clearly the reputation of Lincolnshire as a potato-growing county has reached the point where we have two problems: 1) We have to import potatoes from developing countries because we do not grow enough; and 2) Local farming uses illegal immigrants to supplement real staff. Sod the sausage, maybe it's time to register Lincolnshire potatoes, asparagus, rapeseed ..., stuff people care about?

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  • sadimp  |  October 05 2012, 7:06PM

    Before I read the comments, my immediate thought was "aren't potatoes grown in Lincolnshire"?

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  • Hazelkaye  |  October 05 2012, 7:00PM

    I totally agree with these comments. "Coals to Newcastle" and all that! Madness! "Branston Farms", Bulgaria? Get real!

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  • FreeForester  |  October 05 2012, 5:59PM

    You try and get decent spuds in the shops round here. The best I have found are Scottish, at the Co-op.

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