UPDATE: Suspected illegal immigrants ran from lorry into Laois countryside

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Five men on the run in Laois amid Garda search

Five men on the run in Laois amid Garda search

Five men who ran into the Laois countryside after being discovered hiding in a truck yesterday evening, are still not found.

The men are suspected to be illegal immigrants who hid in the truck while it was on the continent.

The search to find them was partly over concerns about their welfare as it was a refrigerated meat truck.

This morning Friday August 3, Gardaí confirmed that the five men were not yet found.

The incident happened in the Straboe / The Rock rural area near Mountmellick in Laois.

The men were first discovered when the driver opened the back of his truck at about 6.50pm, and they jumped and ran.

Gardaí were alerted and a search of the area went on for several hours, backed up by a Garda helicopter.

No further search is planned. The incident is still under investigation. 

The Leinster Express has learned that the truck was returning from Spain through France and Rosslare Port.

There is no description given of the five, but anyone with information is asked to contact Portlaoise Garda Station at 057 8674100.