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Truck driver released after 15 people found in back of lorry in UK

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An Irish truck driver in his 50s, who was arrested by police in Wiltshire in England after 15 people were found in the back of his lorry, has been released from custody.

Sean Delaney International Transport, which owns the lorry, said the company’s driver is now free to return home and is expected to return to Cork in the coming days.

The man was arrested following reports of “suspicious activity” involving his vehicle.

Wiltshire Police said they closed a road near Chippenham after being called by a member of the public shortly before 8.30pm yesterday.

The man was arrested on suspicion of assisting illegal entry.

The man’s employer said it was satisfied that neither it nor the company’s driver had done anything wrong.

All of the people who were discovered in the lorry are believed to be between the ages of 16 and 30 and none is thought to be in a serious condition, according to police.

One person was taken to hospital for further checks. All 15 were arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally.

The UK Home Office, which assumed responsibility for the investigation, has said they presented as Iranian and Iraqi. .

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