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Helicopter joins search for ‘illegal immigrants’
Monday, 22 October 2012
POLICE brought in a helicopter for a fruitless search for five suspected illegal immigrants in and around Axminster last week.
A motorist, who said he had seen five men come off the back of a lorry along the A35 near Kilmington, called police in the early evening of Monday, October 15th.
The man was in a moving vehicle, so could not say where the men went after jumping off the lorry.
It wasn't long before the search was on, the police helicopter hovering above the town and its outskirts.
A police spokesperson said: "We were called after a member of the public reported seeing five males jump out of the back of a lorry at a lorry park near to Kilmington at about 6.30pm.
"Police spoke to the driver and did a search of the area with the helicopter but located nothing. The area was searched but there was no trace. No further investigation."
A member of the public, who did not wish to be named, said: "I was out walking the dog. "It [the helicopter] was hovering in the distance, which made me think it was looking for something - had it been the air ambulance it would have landed. It then flew towards Cloakham."
A spokesperson for UK Border Agency said the organisation would only get involved if police arrested someone who turned out to be a foreign national. He added that the agency carries out organised raids but has no search teams as such. The spokesperson concluded: "Nothing has been referred to us by police."
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