Suspected illegal immigrants freed by Home Office after fleeing lorry in Thetford

Norfolk police.

Norfolk police. - Credit: Archant © 2009

Seven Vietnamese men who were taken into custody by the Border Agency authority after jumping from a lorry and fleeing in Thetford have been released.

The men were picked up by police after they sparked a manhunt at around 9.30am on May 3 at the Abbeyheath Services on the A11.

The police helicopter was called into action as part of the search.

A spokesman for the Home Office confirmed today that the men were no longer in custody.

They were initially put in immigration detention before being released on immigration bail.

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