UPDATE: Eighteen illegal immigrants in back of a lorry at Lutton

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Home Office Immigration Enforcement has just revealed there were three children on board a lorry with 18 men who entered the country illegally.

A spokesman said: “Police arrested 18 males from Iran and Iraq for entering the UK illegally and referred them to Immigration Enforcement officers for action.

“Two men are detained while their cases are progressed, and 13 have been ordered to report regularly to Immigration Enforcement.

“Three minors have been passed into the care of social services.

“Where someone is found to have no right to remain in the UK, we will take action to remove them.

“Immigration Enforcement is an operational directorate within the Home Office responsible for enforcing immigration law.”

EARLIER: Police detained 18 immigrants found in the back of a lorry at Lutton on Christmas Eve.

A police spokesman said the lorry driver was in Monmouth Lane when he called police at 11.15am.

It’s believed all of those on board the lorry were male and came mostly from Iraq or Iran.

The police spokesman said the immigrants were detained at various police custody suites before being collected by Home Office Immigration.