The NCA held a successful sting operation targeting organised immigration criminals in the UK.

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A lorry was pulled over on the M25’s Junction with the A3 around 3:30pm last Sunday. Concealed in the lorries trailer were sixteen migrants lay across wooden pallets. All the immigrants including the driver were arrested on immigration offences.

The NCA are now questioning the driver who is suspected of planning to move the migrants out of the UK illegally.

NCA branch operations manager Chris Hill said: “People smuggling networks move migrants in both directions across the border, threatening the security of both the UK and our European neighbours, but also putting lives at risk.

“Working with our partners across UK law enforcement we are determined to do all we can to disrupt those networks. Today’s operation is an example of that in action.”