Fleeing immigrants cause M25 chaos

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Traffic on the M25 was brought to a standstill yesterday morning, when a group of suspected illegal immigrants were seen running along the carriageway after emerging from the back of a lorry.

Motorists were forced to stop between Junction 11 and 12 of the London orbital road, near to where the M25 joins the M3, after a large group of people got off the truck, which was parked on the hard shoulder.

Luckily, there were no reports of any ongoing traffic disruption as a result of the incident, which occurred during the morning rush hour on one of the busiest parts of the motorway network.

Surrey police later confirmed that all of the suspected illegal immigrants has been detained and arrested on suspicion of immigration offences.

A police spokesman told The Telegraph: "Surrey Police received a number of calls around 8:50am from members of the public reporting that they had seen a large group of people getting out of the back of a lorry which had stopped on the hard shoulder between junctions 11 (Chertsey) and 12 (the M3).

"The lorry drove off prior to officers attending the scene. However, the 13 people, including men and women, were located walking along the M25 and were arrested on suspicion of immigration offences.

"They are currently in custody and the UK Border Agency has been informed."

Seven other people were also later arrested in connection with the incident, which is just one of a number in recent weeks in which illegal immigrants have been able to get seemingly easy access into the country, sparking criticism against the UK Border Agency.