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Heavy traffic reported across Surrey on A3 and M3

There was heavy traffic reported across Surrey due to various incidents.

One lane was closed on the A3 northbound in Guildford[1] on Friday (July 2), which caused slow traffic on approach after being reported shortly before 5pm.

Surrey Road Cops, part of Surrey Police,[2] said on Twitter: “Lane 1 closed northbound due to a broken down [vehicle] we cannot move, causing slow traffic on approach. Slow traffic everywhere else due to it being Friday.”

Traffic news service INRIX said: “One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down car on A3 northbound before A3100 Clay Lane.”

There was also slow traffic on the M3 northbound and a lane closed on the exit slip road due to broken down lorry.

SurreyLive[3] provided updates and the latest traffic updates from across the county in the blog below.

References

  1. ^ Guildford (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  2. ^ Surrey Police, (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  3. ^ SurreyLive (surreylive.news)

Desperate migrants ‘struggling to breathe’ in back of lorry spark rescue mission

1 July 2021, 19:29

A group of migrants were found in a lorry on the M25 on Thursday
A group of migrants were found in a lorry on the M25 on Thursday. Picture: Surrey Police RPU

A group of desperate migrants who were “struggling to breathe” were found in the back of a lorry on the M25 on Thursday.

Police were alerted to the plight of the 12 occupants at around 11am after receiving phone calls saying people were inside the vehicle.

The lorry was stopped on the section of the motorway near Chertsey following a report that those on board were “struggling to breathe”.

All those on board were checked by paramedics before being taken into police custody, where immigration officials will look into their case.

A spokesperson for Surrey Police said: “Officers were given a very limited description of a lorry, and were told that people on board were struggling to breathe.

“This resulted in police needing to stop a number of lorries quickly to try and identify the one involved.

“The correct lorry was stopped between J10 and 11 on the anti-clockwise carriageway around 11:30am.

“Eleven men and one woman, believed to be clandestine migrants, were found in the back of the lorry.

“They have been checked by paramedics at the roadside and taken into police custody. Immigration services will be dealing with the matter.

“Two lanes of the motorway were closed whilst officers attended the incident, but have since been reopened.”

After several hours of traffic and disruption, the force’s roads policing unit confirmed junctions 10 and 11 of the M25 reopened at 1:45pm but that the lanes were still very busy.

No arrests have been made and the Home Office has been contacted for comment.

Traffic news service INRIX later said: “Traffic returned to normal, earlier police incident on M25 clockwise between J10 A3 (Wisley Interchange) and J11 A320 St Peters Way (Chertsey).

“Lanes one and two (of four) were closed, traffic was already queueing due to a lorry having a tyre changed just after J11.

Emergency services close lanes on M25 for ‘police incident’

A “police incident” has caused delays on the M25.

Two lanes were closed after an incident was reported shortly before 11.45am on Thursday (July 1).

Traffic news service INRIX said: “Two lanes closed and queueing traffic due to police incident on M25 clockwise[1] between J10 A3 (Wisley Interchange[2]) and J11 A320 St Peters Way (Chertsey[3]).

READ MORE: British Airways fined £1.8m after employee crushed by baggage tug at Heathrow Airport[4]

“Congestion to Cobham[5] Services. Lanes one and two (of four) are closed, traffic was already queueing due to a lorry having a tyre changed just after J11.”

Surrey Police[6] asked motorists to seek an alternative route if possible.

SurreyLive[7] will provided updates and the latest traffic updates in the blog below.

References

  1. ^ M25 clockwise (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  2. ^ Wisley Interchange (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  3. ^ Chertsey (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  4. ^ British Airways fined £1.8m after employee crushed by baggage tug at Heathrow Airport (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  5. ^ Cobham (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  6. ^ Surrey Police (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  7. ^ SurreyLive (surreylive.news)

Updates as A3 lane closed and long delays due to accident

One lane has closed and there are long delays on the A3 northbound in Guildford.

The update at 5.25pm on traffic and travel website Inrix reads: “One lane closed, long delays and queuing traffic due to accident, a car and a lorry involved on A3 Northbound at A3 / A31 / Farnham Road.

“Travel time is around 30 minutes. Cameras show lane one (of two) is closed heading towards London.”

READ MORE: Lidl names 33 Surrey places where it wants to open stores[1]

An accident in Bagshot is also affecting traffic heading towards Guildford[2].

The update on Inrix at 5.26pm reads: “A322 Eastbound partially blocked, slow traffic due to overturned vehicle and accident from Guildford Road (Bagshot) to A319 Bagshot Road (Gordon’s School roundabout, West End).

“Affecting traffic heading towards Guildford.”

SurreyLive will provide the latest traffic updates and further information on the incident via the live blog below.

If you would like to get in touch contact us at [email protected] and someone will get back to you.

References

  1. ^ Lidl names 33 Surrey places where it wants to open stores (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  2. ^ Guildford (www.getsurrey.co.uk)

Lorry driver who charged illegal immigrants £100 to leave UK is jailed

A lorry driver trying to ferry 15 illegal immigrants out of the UK into France has been jailed.

Police were alerted to Hakan Zengin, 36, after passers-by saw him standing at the back of the lorry as people climbed in.

He was pulled over by police on the M25 near Surrey in March this year.

The National Crime Agency said migrants were found sitting on pallets laid out in the back of the lorry and included Moroccan, Algerian and Pakistani nationals.

Kingston Crown Court heard they paid Turkish-national Zengin £100 to be taken out of the country as they “no longer wanted to be here”.

Zengin admitted one count of assisting unlawful immigration on May 7.

Prosecutor Robert Harding said: “On March 21, the defendant was driving a lorry registered in Turkey. A number of individuals were seen approaching the lorry and a number of persons seen climbing into the rear.

Zengin pulled over by police on the M25 near Surrey in March this year (Image: National Crime Agency)

“The defendant was outside of the lorry at the rear when those persons climbed in. Police were subsequently alerted and stopped the vehicle on the M25 where it joins the A3.

“A number of illegal immigrants were found in the lorry, 15 in total.”

Judge John Lodge said: “There were 15 people – they all explained how they had come to be in the UK and they all explained that they didn’t want to stay here any longer.”

The prosecutor added: “The lorry was searched and mobile phones, a laptop and some paperwork were found. It would appear that the lorry was on its way out of the country.”

It was said Zengin had worked for an international transport company based in Turkey for around a year before the incident.

Osman Osman, defending, said Zengin was “genuinely remorseful” and had “given in to temptation” after hearing he could make money from taking migrants out of the UK.

Inside the lorry where the migrants were stowed (Image: National Crime Agency)

He said: “He was indebted to a significant sum in Turkey. He has a young family – a son of 11 years of age and a daughter of six years of age.

“He is estranged from his wife and cares for the children when he can as well as his own family and over time became significantly indebted.

“It was explained to him by a friend that he could earn some easy money if he ever wished by phoning a number with a view to picking up individuals to take across the channel.

“On previous occasions he resisted the temptation but temptation got the better of him.”

He told the court Zengin made a call and was asked to pick up the immigrants on his way back from Ireland to France.

The judge heard the lorry has a “plastic curtain side” and a door into the back of the lorry was left unlocked so that those inside could get out if they needed to.”

Mr Osman said: “Mr Zengin appreciates there have been some tragic events reported in the newspapers and come through the courts.

“Thankfully the 15 that boarded the lorry were not in any danger of suffocation. If it was required they could leave the lorry. It would appear the door of the lorry was unlocked.

“He was not involved in planning, his only involvement was to collect individuals.”

He added Zengin may face legal action in Turkey and from his former employer, as the lorry spent months in police custody.

Judge Lodge said: “I accept that you were not the organiser, I accept that your financial gain was limited.”

He jailed Zengin for two years and six months, and said he would be deported after serving half of the sentence in the UK.

NCA branch operations manager Chris Hill said:

“People smuggling crime groups need corrupt HGV drivers like Zengin to operate. They think nothing of packing people into lorry trailers, or putting them into other extremely dangerous situations.

“While his motivation for doing this may have been money, Zengin has found out the hard way that working with these crime groups does not pay, and he faces a life-changing jail sentence far away from home.

“I hope this conviction and sentencing sends out a message to others who would consider getting involved. It simply isn’t worth it.

“Working with our partners in the UK and overseas we are determined to do all we can to disrupt people smugglers and put corrupt drivers like Zengin behind bars.”