By Oliver Hall
Ten stowaways who had hidden inside stacks of tyres in a bid to enter the UK illegally, have been discovered by border control dog.
The men from Vietnam, Iran and Iraq, were discovered crouching in the centre of a series of stacks of tyres in a truck heading for Basildon, Essex, according to the UK Border Agency (UKBA).
Their attempt to slip into the UK was foiled at Calais ferry port by body detection dog Buddy, a three-year-old Collie cross and one of more than 100 sniffer dogs used to protect the UK’s border.
All 10 were handed over to the French authorities after they were discovered last week.
Carole Upshall, of UKBA, said: “This is exactly the reason why we base so many of our staff in France, to stop illegal immigrants before they can reach the UK.
“As well as using sniffer dogs we use heartbeat detectors and carbon dioxide probes to detect the presence of people hiding in vehicles.”
The Polish-registered company and the Polish driver now each face a civil penalty of up to £2,000 per stowaway if they are found not to have taken adequate steps to secure the load.