Would-be UK migrants hiding with coffins

Last updated 16:15 31/10/2012

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British border officials have detained three people who tried to enter the country illegally by hiding in a truck full of coffins.

The Border Force says a sniffer dog found the three Eritrean nationals among dozens of boxed coffins in the vehicle, which was from Bulgaria. The would-be migrants were not inside the coffins.

Officials say that the three were found at the port of Dunkerque in northern France, where the truck was waiting to board a ferry to Britain. They have been handed over to French border police.

The coffins were bound for a funeral director in west London.

Border officials said on Wednesday the discovery was unusual, but they added that in the past the force had found people hiding in strange places, such as in shipments of dog biscuits and bathtubs.

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