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(HullLive - Daily) Border Force confirm child among 10 Africans who travelled 3,000 miles to Hull in container

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Tuesday, 03 March 2020

Border Force confirm child among 10 Africans who travelled 3,000 miles to Hull in container

The group consisted of seven men, two women and a child from Eritrea


  • 18:04, 3 MAR 2020

The people were uncovered in a container at King George Dock (Image: Pete Harbour)

The Home Office have confirmed that a group of ten suspected illegal migrants from Africa were found in a Hull shipping container.

The group consisted of seven men, two women and a child.

All ten presented themselves as Eritrean nationals and were discovered on Tuesday morning at King George Dock and had arrived at the port from Zeebrugge.

In a statement released by the Home Office, a spokesman said: "All ten who presented themselves as Eritrean nationals had arrived at the port from Zeebrugge in an unaccompanied hard-sided container.

"Both women and one man have been taken to hospital for medical assessment.

"The adults will be questioned by Home Office officials and the minor will be transferred to the care of social services. All the cases will be dealt with according to the immigration rules."

Police officers from Humberside Police have said they were in attendance after being called to the scene by UK Border Force officers on Tuesday morning.

The discovery of the 10 people in the container signalled a huge medical response, which included a Hazardous Area Response Team, three ambulances, two doctors and two rapid response vehicles.

The 10 travelled more than 3,000 miles to reach Hull (Image: Pete Harbour)

A spokeswoman for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: "We were called to attend an incident at 11.33am on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at King George Dock in Hull.

"We sent two rapid response vehicles, three emergency ambulances, two doctors and our Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene.

"We transported three patients to Hull Royal Infirmary and eight patients were checked over on scene, but didn’t need conveying to hospital."

ABP said they were "coordinating with all the relevant authorities".

A spokesman said: "Port Security have supported Humberside Police and UK Border Force in this instance."

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