Gardai still searching for a group believed to be foreign nationals reportedly found in a truck in Portlaoise

Group fled to the surrounding area after the driver opened the door of the lorry

Sligo News File.

Gardai are still investigating following an incident in which a number of people thought to be foreign nationals bolted when the doors of a truck were opened in Laois.

It’s understood that the driver of the lorry, said to have travelled from Spain to France and on to Rosslare port in Wexford was opening the doors when the group dashed from the vehicle to the surrounding countryside.

The nationality of the various individuals believed to be five men is unknown.

The incident reportedly occurred in an area outside Mountmellick.

Gardai are asking for persons with information to contact Portlaoise Garda station on 057 8674100.

Last August gardai discovered six foreign nationals – three women, two men and a boy – in the back of a truck in Stradbally. The driver raised the alarm when noises were heard in a refrigerated container which had been unloaded earlier at Rosslare.