A TRUCK from a Glanmire haulage company is at the centre of a UK investigation after 15 migrants were discovered last night.
The migrants were discovered in Chippenham in Wiltshire, in a truck owned by Delaney Haulage. This morning, the migrants and the driver, an Irishman in his 50s, are in police custody.
The vehicle had travelled from Calais to Dover port before the discovery was made on the A350, at Chippenham. The roadway was closed for several hours last night after the 8.30pm discovery.
A statement from Wiltshire Police this morning outlined that they went to the scene after being contacted by a member of the public last night.
The statement said: "Officers attended the scene and 15 people - all believed to be males aged between 16 and 30 - were located in the rear of the vehicle. At this stage, we are not clear on their nationalities. Colleagues from the ambulance service carried out initial medical checks on all those located - 14 were deemed fit and well and were taken to custody suites in Melksham and Swindon. One person was taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon as a precaution but was later taken to custody."
The statement continued: "All 15 men have been arrested on suspicion of entering the UK illegally. The driver of the vehicle, a man his 50s, from Ireland, was arrested on suspicion of assisting illegal entry into the country. He also remains in custody for further questioning."
In a statement to RedFM's Neil Prendeville Show this morning, Delaney Transport said: "We can confirm that the truck involved in last nights incident in Chippenham was one of our ‘Delaney Transport Trucks. Our driver was on the way from Calais to Dover. The driver heard knocking and thought it was a flat tyre. He came off the motorway and pulled in to a lay-by. He then heard knocking from the trailer when the truck stopped. Another lorry driver, who had pulled in to the area, came over to see if everything was ok. That lorry driver then heard knocking on the trailer as well. The Delaney Transport driver then immediately called the police who arrived to find 15 people in the back of the trailer. The driver was taken to the nearest police station and has been questioned. Mike Delaney has been co-operating with the police all morning and will continue to do so. His driver is also co-operating with police. Delaney Transport have been operating out of Cork for 55 years, and for 45 years on the continent".