Sixty-eight immigrants found in Harwich International port container


Sixty-eight immigrants have been found locked in a container at a port in Essex.

They were discovered at Harwich International Port at about 22:00 BST on Thursday, East of England Ambulance Service said.

Seven people, all believed to be adults, were taken to Colchester Hospital suffering from non life-threatening abdominal and chest pains.

The remaining 61 were assessed and released to immigration officials.

Matthew Broad, from the ambulance service, said the “immigrants were a number of mixed nationals from a number of countries, European and further afield”.

‘Similar pattern’

Last August, one man died when 35 Afghan Sikh migrants were found in a container at Tilbury Docks.

They were discovered after dock workers heard banging and screaming coming from one of the containers.

Mr Broad said there appeared to be a “similar pattern” to Thursday’s incident.

“We have experience of dealing with this in Essex, and one of the things we were concerned about was the length of time they’d been in there.”

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