18 rescued from back of refrigerated lorry

Officers rescue 18 people from refrigerated lorry..

Officers rescued 18 people from the back of a refrigerated lorry this morning (23 February) at the Haddon services on the A1M near Peterborough. - Credit: © Terry Harris

Eighteen people were rescued today (Tuesday) after being found in the back of a refrigerated lorry at the Haddon services on the A1M near Peterborough. 

At about 11.30am police received a call from the driver of the HGV, who had noticed the people on board and was concerned for their welfare. 

Paramedics attended but nobody was injured.  

Officers rescue 18 people from refrigerated lorry..

Officers rescued 18 people from the back of a refrigerated lorry this morning (23 February) at the Haddon services on the A1M near Peterborough. - Credit: © Terry Harris

“The people’s welfare will now be handled by the immigration services,” said a police spokesman. 

This incident follows a similar one on Wednesday (February 17) last week where three men were rescued from the back of an HGV on the A14 near Brampton. 


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“Stories like this may be distressing, but highlight that slavery and trafficking are real and police need the public's help,” said the spokesman. 

Warning signs to look out for, particularly at service stations or lay-bys, include: 

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People emerging from a lorry or HGV, especially suddenly or as if in a rush not to be seen 

Hearing banging from the inside of a lorry – always call us on 999, especially if the lorry is refrigerated 

A group of people heading towards, or going inside of, the back of a lorry 

“If anything about the vehicle doesn’t seem quite right – for example if produce is being thrown from it or something is being done to catch the attention of other motorists,” said the police spokesman. 

“Anyone who sees any of the above is urged to call police on 999 immediately and take a note of the vehicle registration number, even if it has foreign plates.” 

For more information about human trafficking or modern slavery, including how to report concerns and more warning signs to look out for, visit the force’s dedicated web page: https://bit.ly/3kjbMo6 

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