INVESTIGATIONS are continuing after a lorry was stopped in Pagham after concerns suspected illegal immigrants were in the back.
The Spanish-registered vehicle was stopped by Sussex Police in Pagham Road around midday yesterday (Wednesday, November 12).
Home Office Immigration Enforcement were then contacted by officers around 1.30pm.
Nine people have been arrested on suspicion of entering the country illegally.
They include six men - a 38-year-old Sudanese national, Iraqis aged 24 and 25 and Iranians aged 23, 24 and 32.
Three men under the age of 18 were also found - a Sudanese national and two Iraqis. The adults are in police custody but are due to be transferred to immigration detention for further questioning today (Thursday, November 13).
The three minors are in the care of social services.
A Home Office spokesperson said: “We work closely with the police to tackle illegal immigration and continue to strengthen the security of our border to stop those who have no right to enter the UK.
“If people have a genuine need of protection they should claim asylum in the first safe country they reach.
“If they are just seeking to evade immigration control they need to know that they are risking their lives and that they will get caught.
“The new Immigration Act makes it harder for people to live in the UK illegally.
“It makes it harder for illegal immigrants to abuse our benefits and public services, and makes it easier for us to remove them by reducing the number of appeals.”
Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact www.gov.uk/report-immigration-crime or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.