It’s the shocking moment a group of suspected migrants were found in the back of a lorry at Heathrow Airport.
Footage shows the group of around nine migrants, including young children, huddled inside the vehicle as police speak to them.
The scenes come as the latest government figures showed a total of 19,533 people have made the treacherous 21-mile trip across the Channel by boat so far in 2021 – more than double the 8,410 who have arrived. Last year.
The group of migrants, including young children, are found huddled inside the lorry at Heathrow Airport
Officials speak with the group after their discovery inside the vehicle this afternoon
The filmer, who declined to be named, told MailOnline: “It was a shock, that’s all. Just a shock.
“I would say some of the kids were between two and three years old, that’s what I would gravitate towards. ”
MailOnline has contacted the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office for comment.
As of Saturday, the number of migrants arriving in the UK topped 19,000 when 410 migrants were rescued or intercepted by border forces in 11 boats.
He was followed by 102 people in three boats the next day.
And despite extreme weather conditions making crossing the Strait of Pas de Calais even more dangerous, 294 migrants arrived on Monday in 10 boats.
The Interior Ministry later said French authorities prevented 482 migrants from making the perilous journey in 17 incidents during the same three-day period.
Border forces were seen using huge Valiant and Hurricane boats to bring intercepted migrants into Dover Marina in Kent this week.
Dozens of men wearing orange life jackets, thick winter coats and red woolen hats to fight the cold were seen disembarking.
And young children, including a girl of about seven, were also on board.
The scenes come as figures revealed a total of 19,533 have made the treacherous 21-mile trip across the Channel by boat so far in 2021
The group of about nine people were found crammed inside the truck by officials
Dan O’Mahoney, Clandestine Channel Threat Commander, said: “The government is determined to tackle the unacceptable increase in dangerous Channel crossings by using all the tools at our disposal, every step of the way.
“The government’s new immigration plan provides a long-term solution to fix the failing system and bring about the change needed to fight criminal gangs and prevent further loss of life. “
According to the National Crime Agency, the most common clandestine means for migrants to enter the UK are trucks or other commercial vehicles transported by rail or ferry, in commercial containers or by small boats.
Organized gangs often smuggle people in hard-sided trucks, while more opportunistic smuggling tends to take place in soft-sided trucks.
Most modes of transport expose migrants to significant personal risk.
The NCA claims that regardless of their method of entry into the UK, without permission to work legally, migrants can be exploited and forced into modern slavery or turn to crime to support themselves.