UPDATE FRIDAY 9.30AM: Two boys, aged two and ten, were among four people found in the back of a lorry in Spalding, police have confirmed today.
The group, all from Iran, were discovered in a refrigerated lorry parked in a layby near McDonalds restaurant on the A16 just after 1pm yesterday.
Both the driver of the Spanish-registered lorry and passers-by were alerted by banging from inside the lorry which also contained cabbages and broccoli due to be delivered to a firm in Butterwick, near Boston.
A 43-year-old man, a 35-year-old woan and the two boys were suffering from the effects of the cold and the two-year-old boy was taken to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, as a precaution.
THURSDAY 4.30PM: A child thought to be aged just three was also in the group found in a lorry at a roundabout in Holbeach Road, near McDonalds restaurant, at about 1pm.
The alert was raised after the lorry driver heard banging in the refrigerated part of the vehicle and three adults, thought to be from Iran, were arrested by police.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “There was some concern that at least one of the people in the lorry may have suffered from hypothermia and another who had a leg injury.
“The group were taken to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, to be checked over, but our greatest concern was with the child having been in a refrigerated lorry.
“Priority has been given to their welfare and making sure they are being checked out medically.”
The spokesman was unable to give details about where the lorry had come from or was going to, nor how the group had come to be in it.
Officials from the Home oOffice are expected to assess the adults arrested to determine what should happen to them.
THURSDAY 11.45AM: Four men are in custody after being arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally when they were found in a lorry in Sutterton.
The men, three from Syria and one from Iran, were discovered when a lorry driver from Spain heard banging in his vehicle at Sutterton Roundabout last Thursday.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman confirmed the men were in the hands of Home Office officials while their cases are being considered.