Three Men Suffocating in Refrigerated Lorry Rescued

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Three men were rescued from inside an airtight refrigerated lorry that has travelled from France, after calling the police for help. Officers launched a search for the vehicle and found it Wednesday afternoon.

Police rescued three suffocating men from the back of a refrigerated lorry on Wednesday. After receiving a call from the men who said they had been struggling to breathe, Cambridgeshire police tracked the vehicle and found it at Brampton Services.

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immigrants found dead in a refrigerated lorry [image: The Times]

The vehicle was tracked with the assistance of Essex Police along the A14 and the M11 until it pulled into the service station, where officers arrived and rescued the three men. Police believed that the lorry had apparently travelled from France.

All three men were unhurt and safely released to the immigration services. A spokesperson for the Cambridgeshire Police force said the lorry driver had not been arrested, adding that “Stories like this may be distressing, but highlight that slavery and trafficking are real, and police need the public’s help,” the spokesperson said.

Police believed that the lorry had apparently travelled from France

People were asked to look out for warning signs such as things being thrown from lorries in an attempt to call the attention of other motorists, hearing banging from the inside of a lorry or HGV, or people trying to get into a bus or emerging from it. 

They said people should be particularly vigilant at lay-bys and service stations and should alert the police by calling 999 if there’s anything that seems not right with a vehicle.

In October 2019, 39 Vietnamese migrants were found dead in the back of a refrigerated lorry in Gray’s, Essex. The driver of the lorry, Maurice ‘Mo’ Robinson from Craigavon in Northern Ireland, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, was jailed for 13 years this January.

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