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Suspected migrants found ‘struggling to breathe’ in lorry on England’s M25

Twelve people have been found in the back of a lorry on the M25 after police were alerted by concerned members of the public.

Emergency services were called to the motorway near Chertsey, Surrey, in southern England, after receiving reports at about 11am on Thursday that people were on board and struggling to breathe.

Surrey Police officers stopped lorries to find the correct one. Eleven men and a woman, believed to be migrants from Ethiopia, were found inside a vehicle.

Traffic was “backed up for miles” as a result of the incident, a witness said.

Motorist Melissa Bell was travelling eastbound on the M25 to Leatherhead when traffic ground to a halt.

“There was a lorry which had been stopped by multiple police cars and there were ambulances there, too,” Ms Bell said.

“There were numerous East African-looking men. Some were lying face-down on the hard shoulder and some sat up with masks on.

“I just couldn’t understand it. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Surrey Police said the lorry was stopped between junctions 10 and 11 on the anti-clockwise carriageway about 11.30am. Two lanes of the motorway were closed while officers dealt with the incident.

The roads policing unit confirmed both junctions reopened about 1.45pm.

“Officers were given a very limited description of a lorry and were told that people on board were struggling to breathe,” a force representative said.

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

The suspected migrants were checked by paramedics at the roadside before being taken into police custody.

The matter will now be dealt with by immigration enforcement.

“The government is tackling illegal immigration and the harm it causes, often to the most vulnerable people, by removing those with no right to be in the UK,” Immigration Minister Chris Philp told Sky News.

“We continue to work with law enforcement agencies and tackle illegal migration in all its forms.

“Our New Plan for Immigration will speed up the removal of those who have entered the UK illegally.”

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Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

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2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

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Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

Omar Yabroudi’s factfile

Born: October 20, 1989, Sharjah

Education: Bachelor of Science and Football, Liverpool John Moores University

2010: Accrington Stanley FC, internship

2010-2012: Crystal Palace, performance analyst with U-18 academy

2012-2015: Barnet FC, first-team performance analyst/head of recruitment

2015-2017: Nottingham Forest, head of recruitment

2018-present: Crystal Palace, player recruitment manager

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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.

Police close M25 and search lorries after panicked migrants dial 999 to say ‘We can’t breathe’

Britain’s busiest motorway was temporarily closed yesterday after police received a panicked call from a group of migrants saying they were in the back of a lorry and struggling to breathe.

Emergency services were called to the M25 in Chertsey, Surrey just after 11am amid fears that a group of stowaways in a container were suffocating.

Unfortunately the police were not given exact details of the lorry involved so were forced to stop a number of vehicles on the road in a desperate bid to find the one involved.

Two lanes of the motorway had to be closed while police carried out searches, creating huge tailbacks.

They eventually identified the correct container between Junctions 10 and 11 and were able to release the group, who were fortunately unharmed.

The incident brought back chilling memories of the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants who perished in the back of a lorry in Essex in October 2019.

Surrey Police said eleven men and a woman from Sudan and Eritrea had been removed from the lorry and after being checked by paramedics had been taken into custody and handed over to the immigration authorities.

Police said it was not believed the driver knew that the migrants were in the back of the lorry, but enquiries were ongoing.

A spokesman 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.”

Murder investigation launched after male, 16, stabbed to death

A murder investigation has been launched in Croydon following the fatal stabbing[1] of a teenage boy.

Police were called at 12.46am on Thursday (July 1) to reports of a disturbance at a residential address on Bracken Avenue in Shrublands.

Officers attended and found a 16-year-old male inside the address suffering from stab wounds.

READ MORE: Police stop lorry on M25 as ‘people on board were struggling to breathe’[2]

They provided immediate first aid prior to the arrival of the London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance.

Despite the efforts of emergency services, the boy was pronounced dead at the scene at 01:34hrs.

Next of kin have been informed while police are awaiting formal identification.

A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.

At this early stage police say they are retaining an open mind concerning motive.

A homicide investigation has been launched, led by Detective Chief Inspector Dave Blair of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.

He said: “At this early stage we have two active crime scenes, the address where a young man lost his life and in nearby Warren Street where the vehicle believed to have been used by the suspects was abandoned.

“I thank the local community for their patience while my officers gather evidence and urge anyone who witnessed any stage of this horrific series of events to come forward and speak with officers.”

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References

  1. ^ stabbing (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
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Suspected migrants found ‘struggling to breathe’ in back of lorry

 

By Press Association 2021

Lorry stopped on M25

Lorry stopped on M25

Twelve people have been found in the back of a lorry on the M25 after police received phone calls saying occupants were on board and struggling to breathe.

Emergency services were called to the motorway near Chertsey after receiving reports of a concern for safety just after 11am on Thursday.

Surrey Police told the PA news agency: “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.

Lorry stopped on M25
Eleven men and one woman were found in the lorry (Marc Ward/PA)

“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.”

The force’s roads policing unit confirmed junctions 10 and 11 of the M25 reopened at 1.45pm and the lanes were still very busy.

No arrests have been made.

The Home Office has been contacted for comment.

Lorry stopped on M25 as ‘people on board struggling to breathe’

Several lorries were stopped on the M25 in Surrey following a report to police that “people on board were struggling to breathe.”

Officers were called to reports of concern for safety on the M25[1] just after 11am on Thursday (July 1).

A Surrey Police[2] spokesperson 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.

READ MORE: Live updates as ‘police incident’ closes lanes near Wisley and Chertsey[3]

“The correct lorry was stopped between J10 and 11 on the anti-clockwise carriageway around 11.30am. 11 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, a police spokesperson added.[4]

Two lanes of the motorway were closed near Wisley and Chertsey whilst officers attended the incident,[5] but have since been reopened.

South East Coast Ambulance Service[6] (SECAmb) has been contacted for more information.

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)

M25 closed until evening as repairs underway after lorry carrying alcoholic spirits sets fire

The M25 anti-clockwise in Essex will remain closed until late this evening following an earlier lorry fire, Highways England has confirmed.

The fire, which was exacerbated by the lorry’s boozy haul of wine and spirits, has left the road in a state of serious disrepair.

The M25 – Britain’s busiest motorway – is shut betwixt junctions 27 (M11) and 26 (Waltham Abbey) for repairs to the road surface following the fire which broke out on the exit slip road of the latter junction at 4am today.

Traffic is backed up across Epping and Waltham Abbey as drivers try to find a way around the scene.

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Emergency services attended the scene the quell the fire, with the motorway closed in both directions at the time.

While the M25 clockwise reopened by 6am and trapped traffic was released, damage to the road surface and leaked hydraulic fluid mean the site of the incident requires resurfacing.

The lorry had been carrying wines, spirits, and car parts.

This Is Local London:

Recovery of the burnt-out lorry was completed and emergency resurfacing work started shortly after 2pm, with repair work also needed on the nearby fencing.

Nobody was hurt by the inferno.