Nine people found in back of a lorry on M20
23 October 2019, 18:34 | Updated: 23 October 2019, 18:40
Kent Police says nine people have been found in the back of a refrigerated truck travelling on the London-bound carriageway of the M20.
Police were alerted to reports of people in the back of a lorry at 3.40pm.
The migrants were found alive after officers stopped the lorry on the carriageway between junctions nine and eight, just after Ashford.
A Kent Police spokesperson said: "Nine people are now being checked as a precaution by the South East Coast Ambulance Service before they are passed to Home Office immigration officers."
Highways England said there were "severe delays" on the westbound between Junction 9 and Junction 8.
Please be aware that there are now severe delays on approach to this Police-led incident on the #M20 westbound between J9 and J8. Average journey times are now an hour and a half longer than normal for this time of day, with 7 miles of congestion in the area. pic.twitter.com/iPnBg8fQdF— Highways England (@HighwaysSEAST) October 23, 2019
The discovery comes after 39 bodies were found in the back of a refrigerated trailer at 1.40am this morning at at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays.
The 25-year old driver, Mo Robinson from Northern Ireland, was arrested on suspicion of murder after the discovery.