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After their trip to France, the Essex couple find two stowaways hiding under their van


An astonished couple found two illegal migrants under their van after returning from a trip to France.

60-year-old Dean Darke and his wife May caught the men on their driveway in Basildon, Essex after the trip last Wednesday.

The stowaways had got into the van when it arrived in the port city of Caen before the Darkes drove 225 miles home via Portsmouth.

They got out in the couple's driveway and waited next to the van for the police to come to arrest them.

It comes from the fact that shiploads of migrants travel illegally to the UK every day and 120 enter the UK on Tuesday.

60-year-old Dean Darke and his wife May caught the men on their driveway in Basildon, Essex after the trip last Wednesday

The migrants sit quietly and wait for the police to arrive after the troops were alerted by a startled Mr Darke

The migrants sit quietly and wait for the police to arrive after the troops were alerted by a startled Mr Darke

Ms. Darke's astonished neighbors watched as officers took her away to be questioned by immigration officers.

Ms. Darke told MailOnline: “We rented a van to take to France as my sister and her husband sold their house to return to the UK and we are helping bring their possessions back to Essex.

“At first we were booked on a ferry in St. Malo. When they got to the port, they went on strike so we had to take the night ferry from Caen.

“We saw the young men in Caen harbor before we boarded, and the van was checked four times in France and again in Portsmouth.

“We're not sure whether they got under our van in port or whether they got into another vehicle and switched to our van during the journey.

"When we got to our home in Essex, my husband pulled into our driveway and when he turned the engine off these people were crawling out from under the van."

Essex police arrested the migrants on suspicion of immigration crimes after they managed to evade detection by border officials

Essex police arrested the migrants on suspicion of immigration crimes after they managed to evade detection by border officials

She added, "I was totally shocked and my sister, who was in a different vehicle, called the police and they came almost immediately.

"In this current climate, I was concerned about whether they tested positive for Covid and it's not worth thinking about the carnage they may have caused on the freeway when they fell off the van and dodged other vehicles, to miss them. "

Ms. Darke slammed port authorities in the UK and France because they did not spot her when they checked her vehicle.

She said, "I am disgusted with the port authorities on both sides of the canal for not checking the van sufficiently to detect these unwanted passengers."

Dozens more migrants – including a heavily pregnant woman – reached the UK by small boat today after 13 landed yesterday.

The Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi, Eritrean and Sri Lankan groups were picked up by a lifeboat off the coast of Kent at 8:30 a.m.

Thirteen more migrants arrived in the UK by small boat yesterday, with dozens more including a heavily pregnant woman landing today (pictured)

Thirteen more migrants arrived in the UK by small boat yesterday, with dozens more including a heavily pregnant woman landing today (pictured)

The Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi, Eritrean and Sri Lankan groups were picked up by a lifeboat off the coast of Kent at 8:30 a.m.

The Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi, Eritrean and Sri Lankan groups were picked up by a lifeboat off the coast of Kent at 8:30 a.m.

The 10 men and three women were taken to Dover to be medically examined and interviewed by immigration officials.

This means that 3,643 migrants crossed the life-threatening channel this year – almost twice as many as 1,850 who arrived last year.

Meanwhile, around 8:30 a.m. today, a group of around 16 refugees, including 10 young children, landed on Dungeness Beach in Kent.

It is believed that they were all on a small boat. It is believed that several other ships were discovered off Kent.

One of the children, a boy about four years old, looked exhausted as he leaned back on the pebbles with his arms outstretched.

The children all wore coats and one of the girls wore a fluffy red romper suit.

The pregnant woman – believed to be eight months old – was wearing a black dress and a face mask as she held a child's hand.

She looked tired and had her head in her hand once.

Amateur photographer Susan Pilcher, who saw her on the beach, said, “I could hear the Border Force staff asking how many months she was pregnant and she said eight.

“You didn't speak much English at all. If you think she's doing such a risky canal crossing when pregnant, that says how much they've been through.

This means that 3,643 migrants crossed the life-threatening channel this year - almost twice as many as 1,850 who arrived in all of last year. Pictured: a child who is being checked by officials

This means that 3,643 migrants crossed the life-threatening channel this year – almost twice as many as 1,850 who arrived in all of last year. Pictured: a child who is being checked by officials

“It must be so scary. One of the children was playing with an empty hand sanitiser bottle and filling it with stones from the beach.

“It's heartbreaking – you can't imagine what you've been through, but it's like a day trip for them.

“It was nice to see that they were wrapped up warm – they don't always have coats on and it must be really cold at sea at night. I feel so sorry for you all. & # 39;

Border Force, police and paramedics were on site and the migrants had measured their temperatures.

The conditions were perfect for the crossing with calm seas and good visibility.

The heavily pregnant migrant wore a black dress as she strolled across the grass

The heavily pregnant migrant wore a black dress as she strolled across the grass

Immigration Compliance Minister and Courts Chris Philp said: “We are determined to make this route unprofitable, so we are not giving migrants a reason to congregate on the north coast of France.

“France is a safe country with a well-functioning asylum system and migrants don't have to leave and try to come to the UK illegally.

“We have offered to work with the French on a safe return at sea and we will continue to work on returning anyone who tries to make the crossing.

"We continue to pursue the heinous criminals and organized crime networks that put people's lives at risk."

Regarding the Essex incident, police said: “We were called to reports of two people found in a van on Basildon Drive in Basildon at around 9:20 am on July 29th.

"Officials participated and two people were arrested on suspicion of immigration crimes."

The record day of canal crossings last Thursday

  • At around 3:26 a.m., the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of 12 men and four women who claimed to be Yemeni, Iranian, Sudanese and Iraqi nationals.
  • At around 3:26 p.m., the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of 14 men who said they were Eritrean and Sudanese nationals.
  • At around 3:26 a.m., the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of 17 men and one woman who claimed to be Yemini, Syrians, Palestinians and Iranians.
  • At around 4:01 a.m., the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of 11 men and two women who said they were Kuwaiti, Egyptian, Iraqi and Iranian nationals.
  • At around 4:50 a.m., the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of five men who said they were Sudanese nationals.
  • At around 5:20 a.m., the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of eight men who said they were Sudanese nationals.
  • At around 6:40 a.m., the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of 11 men and six women who claimed to be Iraqi, Kuwaiti and Iranian nationals.
  • At around 8:30 a.m., the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of 12 men who claimed to be Iraqi and Kuwaiti nationals.
  • At an unspecified time, the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of nine men who said they were Sudanese and Chadian nationals.
  • At around 8:40 a.m., the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of 14 men and two women who said they were Kuwaiti, Iraqi, Iranian and Indian nationals.
  • At around 8:45 a.m., the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of 10 men and one woman who claimed to be Eritrean, Sudanese, Chadian and Egyptian nationals.
  • At an unspecified time, the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of four men who said they were Sudanese and Malian nationals.
  • At an unspecified time, the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of three men who said they were Sudanese nationals.
  • At an unspecified time, the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of eight men.
  • At an unspecified time, the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of 10 men who said they were Sudanese nationals.
  • At an unspecified time, the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of 10 men who said they were Sudanese nationals.
  • At an unspecified time, the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of seven men and seven women who said they were Iraqi nationals.
  • At an unspecified time, the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of four Iranian men.
  • At around 3:24 p.m., the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of four Sudanese men.
  • At an unspecified time, the Border Force intercepted a ship carrying a group of six men who said they were Sudanese and Eritreans.

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