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Breaking News ! Police officers rescued 18 people from the back of a refrigerated lorry in Cambridgeshire this morning, February 23. The rescue happened at the Haddon services on the A1M near Peterborough after police received a call at around 11.30am from the driver of the HGV, who had noticed the people on board and was concerned for their welfare. Paramedics attended the scene, but thankfully nobody was injured. The people's welfare will now be handled by immigration services. Sign up to the PeterboroughLive newsletter If you're looking for a way to stay up to date with the latest breaking news from around Peterborough the CambridgeshireLive newsletter is a good place to start. The daily update will deliver the top news and features to your inbox every evening. We choose the most important stories of the day to include in the newsletter, including crime, court news, long reads, traffic and travel, food and drink articles and more. Signing up to the newsletter is simple.
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This incident follows a similar one which happened on Wednesday, February 17, last week where three men were rescued from the back of a lorry on the A14 near Brampton. The men in the refrigerated lorry had called 999 to say they were suffocating, and officers rushed to track down the lorry, which was believed to have travelled from France. Cambridgeshire Police said that while stories like this may be distressing, they highlight the fact that slavery and trafficking are real and the public's help is needed. Enter your postcode below to learn more about crime near you:
To help the public in aiding the police, a series of warning signs have been released for people to look out for. These include: People emerging from a lorry or HGV, especially suddenly or as if in a rush not to be seen Hearing banging from the inside of a lorry - people should always dial 999 in this instance, especially if the lorry is refrigerated A group of people heading toward, or going inside of, the back of a lorry If anything about the vehicle just doesn't seem quite right - for example, if produce is being thrown from it or something else to catch the attention of other motorists. If you spot any of the above signs while travelling around Cambridgeshire the police are urging you to dial 999 immediately, in a safe manner, and take a note of the vehicle registration plate - even if it has foreign plates. For more information about human trafficking or modern slavery visit Cambridgeshire police's dedicated web page here.