Moment 'migrants' climb out of parked lorry in traffic jam on A2 in Kent near Dartford Crossing 1

Moment ‘migrants’ climb out of parked lorry in traffic jam on A2 in Kent near Dartford Crossing

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Stunned trucker watches up to seven ‘migrants’ nonchalantly climb out of back of parked lorry in traffic jam

  • Footage captures moment suspected migrants jump out of lorry on A2 in Kent
  • Driver who filmed incident described it as ‘shocking’ and said police were called
  • Witness says at least six people climbed out from the side of the parked HGV 


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This is the shocking moment a group of suspected migrants forced their way out of an HGV stuck in traffic in Kent.

A fellow HGV driver was shocked to see half a dozen men climb out of the parked lorry as he queued in traffic on a A2 flyover leading up to the Dartford Crossing.

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The driver managed to capture the moment as he drove past. 

In the video, one man can be seen climbing out onto the roof of the lorry before lowering himself to the ground.

A second hooded man can also be seen jumping down before they both run from the lorry over a grassy verge.

A third man then jumps down from the lorry and then appears to hang back to help others before the footage is cut short but the driver who filmed the incident says at least six people left the vehicle as he drove past. 

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A driver caught the moment suspected migrants climbed out of the back of an HGV in Kent

A driver caught the moment suspected migrants climbed out of the back of an HGV in Kent

A driver caught the moment suspected migrants climbed out of the back of an HGV in Kent

The footage was taken as he was stuck in stationary traffic queuing for the Dartford Crossing while the other HGV had pulled up on the hard shoulder with hazard lights on.

The 27-year-old Class 1 HGV driver said: ‘I could see six or seven people climbing out the side of the curtain but I didn’t manage to get all of them on film.

‘I was in heavy traffic because of the crossing. The other driver was pulled up on the hard shoulder.

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‘It was shocking. I contacted police but they’d already had multiple calls.’

The incident took place on Friday October 15 at around 4.30pm.

The HGV appears to have an international number plate with three letters and three numbers – a sequence used by several European countries including Lithuania and Finland.

Video shows two men fleeing the scene but the driver says up to seven climbed out of the van

Video shows two men fleeing the scene but the driver says up to seven climbed out of the van

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Kent Police says information about the incident (pictured) has been passed to the Home Office

Kent Police says information about the incident (pictured) has been passed to the Home Office

A spokesman for Kent Police said: ‘Kent Police was called at 4.34pm on Friday 15 October 2021 to a report a group of people, believed to be migrants, had been seen exiting a lorry on the A2 near Bean.

‘Officers attended the scene and spoke with the driver of the lorry.

‘A search of the area was also carried out, with no individuals located.

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‘Details have been passed on to the Home Office, who are the lead agency for immigration matters.’

According to the National Crime Agency, the most common clandestine ways for migrants to enter the UK are in lorries or other commercial vehicles transported by rail or ferry, in commercial shipping containers.

Organised gangs frequently smuggle people in hard-sided lorries, while more opportunist smuggling tends to be in soft-sided lorries.

Most methods of transport subject  migrants to significant personal risk.

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In October 2019, 39 Vietnamese migrants suffocated to death in the back of a lorry shortly after the lorry arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge, in Belgium.

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