Search

Felixstowe immigrants on the run

PUBLISHED: 14:51 18 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:02 03 March 2010

THREE illegal immigrants were this afternoon being hunted by police after arriving at Felixstowe port as stowaways and then going on the run.

The men, who are understood to have been hidden inside a container, jumped from a ship at Trinity Terminal and evaded capture by the port police.

THREE illegal immigrants were this afternoon being hunted by police after arriving at Felixstowe port as stowaways and then going on the run.

The men, who are understood to have been hidden inside a container, jumped from a ship at Trinity Terminal and evaded capture by the port police.

They then escaped from the 700-acre complex into the portside business parks and Suffolk police were called in.

The force helicopter was scrambled to be an eye in the sky to help track down the three men, who were spotted running in the Fagbury Road area and heading towards Trimley St Mary.

As officers searched on foot and in cars guided by the chopper crew, the helicopter could be seen circling above the business parks and the A14, concentrating on a particular area.

A police spokeswoman said the three men were believed to be illegal immigrants and were all white men. One of them was wearing a red and black coat.

Port corporate affairs manager Paul Davey said the men had arrived on a vessel at Trinity Terminal but efforts to catch them had failed and they had left the port. The port police were liaising with and assisting Suffolk police in the hunt.

Immigration officials have been informed of the incident. It is not known which country the men originate from.

Many stowaways are found at the port each year, although the numbers fluctuate. Most of those which arrive declare themselves and immediately apply for political asylum, and are allowed to stay in the UK while they await a decision on their application.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ipswich Star. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Ipswich Star