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Ecclestone's convoy unwittingly carries illegal immigrants into UK

F1 commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone got more than he bargained for when his Formula One Management (FOM) TV crew began to unload his trucks after returning home from the Monaco Grand Prix...
F1 commercial rights-holder Bernie Ecclestone unwittingly smuggled five illegal immigrants into Britain in his convoy returning from the Monaco Grand Prix five days ago, it has been revealed.

The stowaways – believed to be from Eritrea in Africa – concealed themselves in one of a group of canvas-sided TV trucks heading home from Monte Carlo, and were discovered and subsequently arrested when the trucks arrived at Biggin Hill Airport in Kent, the headquarters of 79-year-old British billionaire Ecclestone's Formula One Management (FOM) company, and began to be unloaded.

The convoy crossed the Channel four days after the race around the narrow and tortuous streets of the glamorous Principality – the indubitable jewel in F1's glittering crown – and it is understood that unbeknown to the driver, the immigrants had snuck into the lorry whilst it was waiting for the ferry in Calais in France, where Border Agency staff failed to detect their presence.

“I can confirm five individuals were found at Biggin Hill Airport on May 20, who had recently arrived by road from France,” a UK Border Agency spokesman told The Daily Telegraph. “The individuals involved were arrested and detained by the UKBA whilst their asylum claims are being processed.”

“This is the first time we have had such a problem,” added an FOM spokesman, according to the Daily Express.

There are currently calculated to be some 725,000 illegal immigrants living in Britain. Last week three more entered the UK via Calais by clinging perilously to the underneath of a school bus for more than three hours and 100 miles.

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f1 fan - Unregistered

May 25, 2010 3:29 PM

The worst thing about this story is the line The individuals involved were arrested and detained by the UKBA whilst their asylum claims are being processed.” what is to be processed put them back on a boat/train/lorry and send them back where they come from. of course that wont happen after all Britain is the only country that is open all hours to all immigrants legal or not

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