Moment two migrants appear feet-first from hole cut in side of lorry in west London before running off
- Two suspected migrants emerged from side of lorry after cutting a hole in side
- Stowaways jumped out of opening after truck arrived in Hounslow, west London
- Witness claimed pair could be as young as 14 and ‘possibly from Afghanistan’
- It is thought driver drove from Dover without realising they were on board
This is the extraordinary moment two suspected migrants emerged feet first from the side of a Polish-registered lorry after cutting a hole in its side curtain.
The stowaways jumped out of the opening they made just five minutes after the truck arrived in a freight company yard in Hounslow, west London last week.
Video footage shows the pair dangling their legs out first before jumping down to the ground and running out of the yard at around 1pm on Thursday.
It is thought that the lorry driver had crossed the Channel before driving 100 miles from Dover to Hounslow without realising they were on board.
An office worker who witnessed the scene from his desk claimed the stowaways could be as young as 14 and ‘possibly from Afghanistan’.
He said he looked out of his window overlooking the yard, only to see a leg ‘pop out’ of the newly cut hole. The witness rushed out in time to film the scene with his mobile phone as the second suspected migrant jumped out.
He described the incident as ‘shocking and unbelievable’, adding: ‘It took less than 30 seconds for them to jump out and run away.
‘They both looked very young, possibly only 14 to 16-years-old, and possibly from Afghanistan. I had not seen anything like it before.
‘It was like something you see on TV, and not in real life.’
He added that the lorry driver ‘ran out panicking’ after seeing the stowaways make their break for freedom.
The two suspected migrants had disappeared by the time police arrived a few minutes later.
The stowaways jumped out of the opening they made just five minutes after the truck arrived in a freight company yard in Hounslow, west London last week
This is the extraordinary moment two suspected migrants emerged feet first from the side of a Polish-registered lorry after cutting a hole in its side curtain
The driver was interviewed and insisted that he had no knowledge of his uninvited guests or how they sneaked on board.
Police stayed at the scene while the lorry’s cargo of boxes was unloaded so officers could check that nobody else was hiding in the vehicle.
The witness said he handed his mobile phone footage to officers, along with video from a CCTV camera which captured the pair leaving the lorry.
‘The police then stayed until the lorry was completely emptied, but nobody else was inside,’ he added. ‘The police questioned the driver, but said he likely had no involvement as the seals of the lorry were still intact.
‘Also if the driver had involvement the migrants would not have cut the side and jumped out causing damage to the lorry itself.’
Video footage shows the pair dangling their legs out first before jumping down to the ground and running out of the yard at around 1pm on Thursday
The two suspected migrants had disappeared by the time police arrived a few minutes later
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: ‘Police were called at 12:54hrs on Thursday, 6 May to Aerodrome Way in Hounslow to reports of suspicious behaviour.
‘Officers attended and were informed that two males were seen running away from a lorry.
‘An area search and CCTV review was conducted, however no arrests were made. Officers searched the lorry and found that no one else was inside.’
MailOnline has contacted the Home Office for comment.
It comes after nearly 200 migrants were intercepted by Border Force officials as they crossed the Channel last week – with the total number so far this year surpassing 2,100.
The Home Office confirmed that another 185 migrants attempted the journey in nine separate incidents.
These latest arrivals mean that the total number to make the crossing this year is now 2,293 – including 223 in January, 308 in February, 831 in March and 746 in April.
French authorities prevented at least three events involving 40 migrants last Saturday.
Two Italian ports also faced an influx of hundreds of migrants after a charity ship sailed toward a Sicilian port with 236 people rescued in the Mediterranean from traffickers’ boats with a further 532 being rescued by the Italian coastguard.
In March, Priti Patel announced plans to overhaul Britain’s immigration regime by giving border guards patrolling the Channel greater powers to turn back migrant boats.
The crackdown will be dependent on France and other countries accepting the return of migrants.
The Government’s new plan for immigration, published in full on March 24, revealed the bill for the asylum system is set to rise to more than £1.3billion this year, from just under £1billion in 2019-20,