Thirteen people suspected of entering the UK illegally have been found in a lorry, police have said. Suffolk Constabulary confirmed they were discovered inside an HGV at the Ransomes Industrial Estate in Ipswich at about 10.40pm on Thursday.
The force said three people, including the driver, have been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Immigration Act.
They were taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.
Officers have been liaising with Home Office Immigration Enforcement.
Members of the emergency services have been at the industrial estate which is on the outskirts of the city and about 10 miles from Felixstowe.
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Separately, two Border Force boats on Thursday brought an estimated 100 people into Dover after having attempted to cross the English Channel in small boats.
Women and children were among the latest to have made the dangerous journey, braving breezy conditions during the journey across the busy shipping lane between France and England.
From Dover, the migrants will be taken away for processing by Home Office officials.
The arrivals came as the Home Office confirmed a further 98 people arrived on two small boats on Wednesday.
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So far the total number of people to have crossed this year stands at 7,395, according to analysis of Home Office figures.
A total of 45,755 people made the crossing last year compared to 28,526 in 2021, 8,466 in 2020, 1,843 in 2019 and 299 in 2018.
Meanwhile, the UK's asylum backlog hit a new record high as the immigration minister Robert Jenrick appeared to suggest processing claims faster could tempt more people to take illegal routes to get to the country.
The latest figures show more than 100,000 people waited longer than six months for an initial decision on their case.
More than three quarters of all small boat asylum applications since 2018 still await a decision.
Mr Jenrick was asked by Labour's Clive Efford in the House of Commons on Thursday why fewer than one percent of people who arrived on small boats last year have had their asylum claims determined.
The minister replied: "It is not correct, however, to suggest that if you can process illegal migrants' claims faster that that will reduce the number of people coming into the country. In all likelihood it'll lead to an increase."
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak pledged in December to "abolish the backlog of initial asylum decisions" by the end of this year, as he set out a raft of new measures unveiled to curb Channel crossings.
Within hours of the comment, Downing Street appeared to downplay the target, insisting the Prime Minister had only committed to clearing the backlog of claims made before June.
Home Office figures released on Thursday showed 172,758 people were waiting for an initial decision on an asylum application in the UK at the end of March.
This was up 57 percent from 109,735 at the end of March 2022 and the highest figure since current records began in 2010.
The number of people waiting more than six months for an initial decision stood at 128,812 at the end of March, up 76 percent year on year from 73,207 and another record high.
The Home Office figures showed just under half (44 percent) of total asylum applications in Britain last year were from people who arrived on a small boat.
Some 78 percent of all small boat asylum applications since 2018 are still awaiting a decision, including 93 percent of those made in 2022-23.
Christina Marriott, Executive Director of Strategy and Communications at the British Red Cross, described the 172,758 figure as "striking".
She said: "Leaving people in limbo like this, unable to work, separated from family and uncertain about their future, is costly to people's physical and mental health and the taxpayer.
"Processing claims more quickly would help people settle into communities, start work and get on with their lives."2023-05-25T20:23:47Z dg43tfdfdgfd