68 people found in port container

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Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Seven people have been taken to hospital and 61 others assessed after dozens of suspected illegal immigrants were found crammed in a container at a port.

The East of England Ambulance Service received a call at around 10pm last night about people locked in the container at Harwich International Port.

A total of 68 people were assessed at the scene, with seven taken to Colchester General Hospital.

A spokesman said: “The patients who were taken to hospital were suffering from abdominal and chest pains and were feeling faint.

“None are in a life-threatening or serious condition.

“The remaining 61 were released to the UK Border Agency officials.”

An ambulance service spokesman said a range of different nationalities were involved, both men and women, including two who were pregnant, and who were among those taken to hospital.

The container involved is thought to have come from Holland.

Published: Friday 5th June 2015 by The News Editor

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