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Babies and toddlers among 14 people found in van on M6

By Harry Leather | Stafford | Crime | Published:

Two babies and four toddlers were among 14 people found by police in a van on the M6.

The van stopped on the M6 near Stafford. Photo: CMPG

Officers from the Central Motorway Police Group made the discovery at the northbound services near Stafford yesterday.

The van was stopped between junctions 14 and 15 due it showing as being untaxed and having no MOT, police said on Twitter.

And when the back of the Transit-sized van was opened, 11 people were found to be inside including two babies and four toddlers.

Two more passengers were in the front, along with the driver.

Officers, who said they "couldn't believe their eyes," posted a photo showing what appeared to be a mattress and blankets piled up inside the van.

No arrests are understood to have been made but the driver was reported and the van was seized due to it having no insurance.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "Officers from Central Motorway Police Group stopped and seized a vehicle on Stafford services just before 8pm last night following concerns about its general condition.

"A driver, two passengers and a further 11 passengers were found in the back of the vehicle.

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"The driver was reported for a number of offences including no insurance, using a vehicle in dangerous condition, no test certificate and no vehicle excise licence. The vehicle was also seized for no insurance.

"Arrangements were made for family members to collect those in the back of the vehicle and appropriate referrals are in hand."

Harry Leather

By Harry Leather
Digital Editor - @hleather_star

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