Moment police find group of migrants including young children huddled in back of a lorry at Heathrow Airport
- A group of migrants were found at the back of a lorry at Heathrow Airport today
- Footage shows group huddled inside vehicles as officials speak with them
- Latest figures showed 19,533 people travelled by boat across channel this year
This is the shocking moment a group of suspected migrants were found in the back of a lorry at Heathrow Airport.
Footage shows the group of 13 migrants, including a child, huddled inside the vehicle as police officers speak with them. The Metropolitan Police said a lorry driver was arrested and enquiries continue.
The scenes come as the latest Government figures showed a total of 19,533 people have made the treacherous 21-mile trip across the channel by boat so far in 2021 – more than double the 8,410 who arrived last year.
The group of migrants, including young children, are found huddled inside the lorry at Heathrow Airport
Officials speak with the group after they were discovered inside the vehicle this afternoon
The filmer, who did not wish to be named, told MailOnline: ‘It was a shock, that was it. Just shock.
‘I would say some of the children were between two and three, that’s what I would gravitate towards.’
A Metropolitan Police spokesman told MailOnline: ‘Police were called at 13:37hrs on Saturday, 23 October to Shoreham Road East, Hounslow.
‘A member of the public had called police to a number of people in a lorry container.
‘The container was opened and 12 adults and one child were found inside in a distressed condition. None of them are believed to have life threatening injuries.
‘A lorry driver has been arrested. Enquires continue.’
MailOnline has contacted the Home Office for comment.
Last Saturday the number of migrants arriving to the UK surpassed 19,000 when 410 migrants were rescued or intercepted by Border Force in 11 boats.
It was followed by 102 people in three boats the day after.
And despite dire weather conditions making the journey across the Dover Strait even more dangerous, 294 migrants arrived in 10 boats on Monday.
The Home Office later said French authorities prevented 482 migrants from making the perilous journey in 17 incidents across the same three day period.
Border Force were seen using huge boats Valiant and Hurricane to bring intercepted migrants into Dover Marina, Kent this week.
Dozens of men wearing orange life jackets, thick winter coats and red woolly hats to combat the cold were seen disembarking.
And young children, including a girl aged around seven, were also on board.
The scenes come as figures revealed a total of 19,533 have made the treacherous 21-mile trip across the channel by boat so far in 2021
The group of around nine people were found huddled inside the lorry by officials
Dan O’Mahoney, Clandestine Channel Threat Commander, said: ‘The government is determined to tackle the unacceptable rise in dangerous Channel crossings using every tool at our disposal, at every stage in the journey.
‘The government’s New Plan for Immigration provides a long term solution to fix the broken system and deliver the change required to tackle criminal gangs and prevent further loss of life.’
According to the National Crime Agency, the most common clandestine ways for migrants to enter the UK are in lorries or other commercial vehicles transported by rail or ferry, in commercial shipping containers or by small boats.
Organised gangs frequently smuggle people in hard-sided lorries, while more opportunist smuggling tends to be in soft-sided lorries.
Most methods of transport subject migrants to significant personal risk.
The NCA says that whatever their method of entering the UK, without permission to work legally, migrants can be exploited and forced into modern slavery or turn to crime to support themselves.