Illegal immigrants tried to enter Britain hidden in a £120,000 luxury car. 28 October 2008. A bold attempt by four illegal immigrants to enter Britain hidden in a luxury car has ended in failure after they were intercepted by immigration officers, the Home Office said on Tuesday.
The four men from Iraq were found sitting in a Bentley GT, worth over 120,000 pounds, that was being taken from the Nurburgring race track in Germany in a lorry to Bentley’s factory in Crewe.
They were discovered in Calais on Saturday after UK Border Agency (UKBA) officers, using specialist detecting equipment, found high levels of carbon dioxide being emitted from the German-registered lorry.
When the officers opened it they found the four grinning migrants sitting in the front and back seats of the Bentley, which has a top speed of more than 200 mph.
As well as visual checks of vehicles, officers also use heartbeat detectors, carbon dioxide machines and sniffer dogs to find stowaways. The alleged Iraqi migrants were arrested and are currently in custody in France.
"It’s important we stop would-be illegal immigrants before they reach the UK," said UKBA Director Tom Dowdall.
"That’s why we’ve got hundreds of British immigration officers based at ports in France and Belgium. "Last year we searched over one million lorries and prevented 18,000 foreign nationals from crossing the English Channel without permission."