London: A driver of a heavy goods vehicle and 27 people were arrested on suspicion of illegal entry into Britain, local police said on Friday. Surrey Police’s Roads Policing Unit and Surrey Police arrested the driver of the vehicle and 27 suspected illegal immigrants at 10.50 a.m. Friday morning, after they were found in the vehicle at a motorway service station in Surrey, southeast England, Xinhua reported.
Medical staff were sent to the scene to assess the health of the passengers and no serious health conditions were reported. Members of the public called the police after hearing noises coming from the lorry when it was parked at the service station, local media said. So far, there was no detail about how long the suspected illegal immigrants had been inside the vehicle and how they were smuggled into Britain. Surrey police said they have handed the case to the Britain Visas and Immigration Service.
Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said.
It said drink stirrers and cotton buds would also be banned under the plans.
May has pledged to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as part of a “national plan of action.”
“Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world, which is why protecting the marine environment is central to our agenda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,” May said in a statement ahead of a Commonwealth summit Thursday.
Leaders from the Commonwealth — a network of 53 countries, mostly former British colonies — are meeting in London this week.
May is looking to deepen ties to the Commonwealth as Britain seeks to boost trade and carve out a new role in the world ahead of the country’s departure from the European Union in March next year.
Britain will commit 61.4 million pounds ($87.21 million) at the summit to develop new ways of tackling plastic waste and help Commonwealth countries limit how much plastic ends up in the ocean.
“We are rallying Commonwealth countries to join us in the fight against marine plastic,” May said.
Current and former U.S. and British intelligence officers say the West’s collective banishment this week of 115 Russian “diplomats” will be far less damaging to Russian espionage operations than British Prime Minister Theresa May and American officials have argued.
And they warn tit-for-tat expulsions the Kremlin is expected to order shortly will have much greater impact on Western intelligence missions in Russia.
They say the Cold War-era picture drawn by author John le Carré in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” with Russian espionage in the West depending mainly on spies based out of e