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Diligent driver snares lorry surfing suspect


A man has been arrested in Birmingham after he was discovered hiding behind the air spoiler of a lorry that had travelled on motorways from the south coast, yesterday evening (26 August).

Motorway cops were alerted by the driver who dialled 999 at around 6.30pm to report strange sounds coming from the top of his cab.

The driver had travelled from Calais and had pulled over on the northbound carriageway of the M6 between junction 6 and 7 to investigate the noise.

Police attended and found a man hiding behind the air spoiler on top of the cab.

A 20-year-old man, thought to be from Africa, was arrested on suspicion of immigration offences and is currently in custody at a local station.

The UK border force has been informed and will continue to deal with the inquiry.

Superintendent Paul Keasey,  head of the Central Motorway Police Group, said: “It is incredible the staggering lengths people will go to gain entry into the UK.

“This man risked his life and caused the driver to pull over on the busy motorway in rush hour.

“The man is currently in custody and will be dealt with by our partners at UKBF.”