Immigration swoop at recycling centre


TWO males have been arrested in Bridport on suspicion of entering the country illegally after being discovered in the back of a van.

Police were called to Bridport Recycling Centre on Sunday, March 26th, just after 4pm.

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: “Dorset Police were called at 4.11pm on Sunday, March 26th to a report that two men had jumped out of a transit van in Bridport Recycling Centre on South Mill Lane.

“Officers attended and a search of the area was carried out.

“A short time later the two men were located and arrested on suspicion of immigration offences. They are a 26-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy.”

Officers reported the incident to UK immigration enforcement.

A spokesperson for the Home Office, said: “Immigrant enforcement was contacted by Dorset Police on the afternoon of March 26th.

“Two people, who presented themselves as being from Eritrea, were taken into custody by police for suspected immigration offences.

“One, identified by police as a minor, will be referred to social services. The other remains in custody and is due to be interviewed by immigration officers.

“Where someone has no right to remain in the UK, we will take action to remove them.”

Bridport & Beaminster Reporter| Lottie is currently studying for an NCTJ Diploma in Journalism through a distance learning course and joined the paper in April 2014 on a freelance basis, becoming a staff reporter in January 2015. She is now the reporter for the View From Bridport and View From Beaminster papers.