Twelve people, including three children, are in police custody for suspected immigration offences after being found in a lorry.

Seventeen people, who presented themselves as being from Iraq and Iran, were found in a lorry on the A1 just before 3pm on Tuesday near the road’s junction with the A46.

A family group of five were released to temporary accommodation, and will be interviewed in due course.

Immigration Enforcement was contacted by Nottinghamshire Police at around 4pm on Tuesday.

The three who presented themselves as children will be passed to social services to be age-assessed and the adults will be passed to immigration officers to be interviewed.

A spokesman for the Home Office said: “Where someone has no right to remain in the UK, we will take action to remove them.

“Immigration Enforcement is an operational directorate within the Home Office responsible for enforcing immigration law.”

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