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Illegal gang was ‘one off’ - top cop

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 12, 2014

10/03/14 Occupation Lane
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THE top cop in South Derbyshire has moved to reassure people in the area after the discovery of seven illegal immigrants in the back of a lorry in the area.

Nigel Lidsey, Derby South section inspector, spoke to the Mail to explain that incidents like the one reported in the Mail yesterday were a ‘rarity’ but that his officers would remain ‘vigilant’ in the future.

This comes as the gang of seven men were still being interviewed by specialist investigators to uncover their country of origin and the reason that they wanted to come to the UK, after they were found in Occupation Lane, Woodville, on Monday morning.

Insp Lidsey said: “I would like to stress that this kind of incident is a rarity in South Derbyshire and one that posed no danger to them.

“However, this is still a major issue and one that we will investigate to our best ability.

“A specialist team from the immigration service are now interviewing the group in a bid to find out more about them before a decision is taken on what is the next best course of action.

“I would like to urge anyone with immigration concerns to get in touch with us, so that we can investigate them and find out if there is an issue.

“Another point to stress is that I was glad that we intercepted the group to save them from dangers, whether it be via travel or in terms of what might have come of them had they reached their intended destination.

“This is a one-off incident and one that rarely, if ever, takes place within the borders of South Derbyshire.”

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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