January 8, 2019 4.30 pm This story is over 58 months old

Police hunt for suspected illegal immigrants seen fleeing lorry in Lincolnshire

Six others are yet to be found

A police hunt is underway after eight people were seen running from a lorry container on the A17 in Lincolnshire.

Two people were arrested at the scene on suspicion of entering the UK illegally with police currently searching for six others.

Sightings were reported on the A17 Main Road in Fosdyke at 1.19pm on Tuesday January 8.

They were heading down the A17 towards the Holbeach area. They could be in the Moulton Seas End area or neighbouring villages or fields, Lincolnshire Police said.

A search is underway by local officers, and officers from EMOPSS, including a dog handler. A National Police Air Service helicopter is also assisting with the search.

The individuals are reportedly wearing dark clothing and may be in need of medical treatment according to police.

Boston Inspector Andy Morrice said: “We are asking residents to check their outbuildings and gardens. If anyone sees anyone acting suspiciously they should call us.”

Anyone who suspects they have seen one of these people should contact police on 101 quoting incident number 192 of January 8.

Recent Mablethorpe case

Lincolnshire Police is meeting with Border Force to discuss how to deal with migrants arriving in the county by boat after four Iranian men were arrested when they came ashore near Mablethorpe last month.

It’s believed they entered the UK illegally. The police are now working with other agencies to deal with any future cases.