Baby and two children among those discovered in a lorry at Albert Bartlett factory in Worstead

 Albert Bartlett factory formally Heinz in Worsted.Picture: MARK BUL

Albert Bartlett factory formally Heinz in Worsted.Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A baby and two children were among 15 people discovered on a lorry at a factory near North Walsham.

The scene at the Albert Bartlett factory, in Worstead, where 15 people were found in the back of a l

The scene at the Albert Bartlett factory, in Worstead, where 15 people were found in the back of a lorry. - Credit: Archant

The group were found yesterday when the lorry arrived at the Albert Bartlett factory in Worstead, having come from Spain.

A spokesman for the business said a lorry from Spain had arrived at the Westwick factory, supposedly delivering sweet potatoes.

But when the doors were opened, people were discovered inside.

It is thought they pushed sweet potatoes out of a hole to try and alert people of their presence.

The scene at the Albert Bartlett factory, in Worstead, where 15 people were found in the back of a l

The scene at the Albert Bartlett factory, in Worstead, where 15 people were found in the back of a lorry. - Credit: Archant


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Police were called and arrived at about 2.10pm and the East of England Ambulance sent a rapid response vehicle to check the group over.

The spokesman said the factory did not know where the people were from or whether the lorry driver had been aware of their presence.

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They are now in the care of the Home Office.

The factory turns potatoes into frozen products including chips and roast potatoes.

Formerly owned by Heinz, it was bought by Albert Bartlett last year.

The spokesman said production had not been affected.

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