Officials stop tyre stack stowaways
Published 03/08/2010 | 15:07
Ten stowaways who hid inside stacks of tyres had their bid to roll into the UK punctured.
The men from Vietnam, Iran and Iraq, were crouched in the centre of a series of stacks of tyres heading for Basildon, Essex, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) said.
But they failed to cover their tracks and were sniffed out 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 held on July 26.
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.