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Men arrested 'trying to leave UK'
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Three Albanian men found in the back of a lorry in Dover have been arrested on suspicion of trying to smuggle themselves out of the UK.

French border control officers based at Dover stopped the lorry as it was leaving the UK on Thursday evening.

The driver - an Italian man - was also arrested, as were another three Albanian men in London.

This is the first time anyone has been arrested for attempting to be smuggled out of Britain, Scotland Yard say.

The three men arrested in London are suspected of helping the men in their attempt to leave the UK.

All seven are currently in custody at a south London police station.

The Met's Operation Maxim detectives were supported by Kent Police and French authorities.

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