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UK: Over 60 immigrants found locked up in container in eastern Essex


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(By Bonny Apunyu)

Some 68 immigrants reportedly from different nationalities were on Thursday night found locked in a container at a port in eastern Essex, local media reported on Friday according to Xinhua.The cargo container which was reportedly from Holland was found by the UK Border Force at Harwich International Port during routine checks at about 10 p.m. (2100 GMT) on Thursday.

Two pregnant women were among the 68 people and Xinhua says the women and five others have been sent to Colchester General Hospital in Essex for treatment. No life-threatening injuries or serious conditions have been reported to date.

"The patients who were taken to hospital were suffering from abdominal and chest pains and were feeling faint," according to an ambulance spokesman who reported added that the remaining 61 others were assessed by the East of England Ambulance Service and released to the UK Border Agency officials.