Moment police discover three 'illegal' immigrants from Eritrea in the back of a lorry after the worried driver rang 999 after fearing people were inside
- Three Eritrean men have been detained by police after being found in a lorry
- Truck arrived in UK from Czech Republic before driver heard suspicious noises
- Photographers captured the moment the men were discovered by police
- It is unclear if the men were arrested or if they will be allowed to stay in the UK
27 March 2017
Three Eritrean migrants have been detained by police after they were pulled out of the back of a lorry in Cambridgeshire.
The men were discovered hiding in the back of a truck which arrived in Britain from the Czech Republic after the driver became suspicious and called police.
Dramatic images showed the men being pulled from the truck near Peterborough on Saturday afternoon before being bundled into waiting police vehicles.
Three Eritrean men have been detained by police after they were discovered hiding in the back of a lorry which arrived in Britain from the Czech Republic
A worried truck driver called police on Saturday afternoon after he heard strange noises coming from his trailer before the men were discovered
The truck was stopped outside Peterborough where officers found the men hiding inside before searching them and putting them into waiting vehicles
Cambridgeshire Police refused to give any more details on the incident when contacted by Mail Online.
It is unclear whether the men were arrested, if they have been charged with a crime, or whether they will be allowed to remain in the UK.
Most Eritreans arrive in Europe via Libya after an old route via Egypt and Israel was blocked by border fences and guards with order to shoot on sight, according to Oxford University's Refugee Studies Centre.
Cambridgeshire Police refused to say what happened to the immigrants after they were detained, whether they have been charged, or whether they will be allowed to remain
Eritreans make up one of the largest single groups seeking asylum in the UK each year, with more than 3,000 arriving in 2015 alone
The men were discovered hiding in the back of a truck belonging to a Czech transport company, based in the town of Opařany, 60 miles south of Prague
The majority of Eritreans who arrive in Europe end up applying for asylum, having fled rampant political repression, forced labour, and indefinite military conscription that has earned the country the moniker of 'Africa's North Korea'.
In 2015 Eritreans made up the largest single group to apply for asylum in the UK, with 3,695 applications lodged.
Around a third of those applications were granted, according to data published by The Guardian
However the proportion being granted asylum is now likely to far higher after a ruling last year which made it more difficult to deport Eritrean asylum seekers.
Home Office guidance had recommended deporting Eritrean refugees, but it was changed last year after a legal challenge by human rights groups
Police were seen combing the truck for anyone else stowed away inside, but were unable to find anyone else hiding there
Previous Home Office guidance deemed that it was safe to return asylum seekers who fled Eritrea illegally.
But the department was forced to change that guidance in October last year after a legal challenge brought on behalf of three asylum seekers found those being returned were at significant risk of harm or persecution.
In the first quarter of 2016, as the Home Office guidance on Eritrean refugees came under scrutiny, around 86 per cent of application were granted.
Last month, a video
appeared online showing six illegal immigrants in the back of a British driver's lorry.
It is thought they boarded in Caen, France as he made his way back from Spain.