Police make arrest after manhunt for ‘escaped’ illegal immigrant


Police officers who launched a manhunt for an illegal immigrant seen roaming in a village near to Newport Pagnell have made an arrest.

Officers scoured the area on foot, in vehicles and overhead in helicopters after concerned members of the public who reported seeing a man acting suspiciously in Gayhurst.

It took three hours for police to track down the suspect in nearby Hanslope. The man, who is believed to have jumped out from a lorry at Newport Pagnell services, was taken into custody and later handed over to the Home Office.

There were 20 illegal immigrants arrested at the service station in 24 hours.

The day before a total of 17 people were arrested there on suspicion of entering the country illegally.

Then on Thursday morning at 11.45am, a further three people were taken into custody before being transferred to the UK Border Force.

One resident in Hanslope told the Citizen: “An officer came and looked round our land. They said they were looking for man who they think jumped out the back of lorry at the service station.

“There have been police cars flying about all around us. There was even a helicopter circling ahead.”

Police are calling on the public to get in touch if they see suspected illegal immigrants in the area. Call 101.