Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Now it is Ronnie who sniffs out would-be illegal immigrants from Syria, bound for Grays

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

The 14 men and one woman, all from Syria, were discovered shortly before 5am at the Port of Calais on 6 June when Border Force officers, along with sniffer dog Ronnie, searched the Bulgarian registered lorry as it waited to board a ferry to the UK.

The truck was carrying a load of mouthwash.

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

Paul Morgan, Border Force Director for South East & Europe, 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 and close collaboration with the French authorities helps protect the whole of the UK from people attempting to enter the country illegally.

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


  1. I can understand these people wanting to get out of Syria. What I can’t understand is why they want to bypass the whole of the rest of the Middle East and Europe to get here. It’s truly baffling. Is it the weather, the food, the beaches. I just can’t think of a reason why.


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