27,000 people arrested for illegal entry into UK

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:56 GMT, Aug 30, 2016 |

More than 27,000 people suspected of illegally entering the UK have been arrested over the past three years, recently obtained figures show. The statistics from 39 police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland showed nearly a 25% rise in arrests from 2013 to 2015.

Many of those arrested were found at motorway service stations and truck stops, having hidden in lorries. The Home Office said it wanted “long-term solutions” to illegal migration.

It does not include those detained at ports or airports, or those arrested after outstaying what their visa allowed, an international news Agency said.

Four forces – including Police Scotland – did not provide data, while some only provided partial information.