NINE Eritrean children are found in a lorry after driver calls police from Surrey motorway service station

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Police found nine Eritrean boys in a lorry at a motorway service station in Surrey.

Officers made the discovery as they opened the rear doors to the vehicle, which witnesses said had a foreign plate.

Surrey County Council took the children into care but says it is struggling financially, with more than 130 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASCs) already under its wing.

The children, who were with an adult, were found at the M25 Cobham services where the driver stopped and called police. The adult was taken to an immigration facility.

Surrey County Council took the children into care but says it is struggling financially, with more than 130 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASCs) already under its wing 

Surrey County Council took the children into care but says it is struggling financially, with more than 130 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASCs) already under its wing

The children, who were with an adult, were found at the M25 Cobham services where the driver stopped and called police. The adult was taken to an immigration facility. This image shows a South Sudanese refugee child stand at a UNHCR camp in Sudan's White Nile state

The children, who were with an adult, were found at the M25 Cobham services where the driver stopped and called police. The adult was taken to an immigration facility. This image shows a South Sudanese refugee child stand at a UNHCR camp in Sudan’s White Nile state

A lorry driver who witnessed the incident on October 13 said: ‘It was a foreign registered lorry and a policeman came along and opened up the back, then within about ten minutes there were three or four more police cars and you could actually see the people in the back. They looked African and quite young.’ A source said they were from Eritrea.

More than 4,200 child asylum seekers were in council care last year – a 54 per cent increase on the previous year. The surge has had a ‘significant’ impact in Surrey, said council leader David Hodge.

He said the care and support needed for UASCs, who can suffer from psychological problems, costs more than £50,000 a year per child and that the amount of money received from Whitehall was not enough. He said he has written to immigration minister Brandon Lewis, demanding more funding.

Refugees and migrants have been trying to find a way to Europe in the hope that their lives will be better there. These men were pictured leaving the Calais Jungle camp today

Refugees and migrants have been trying to find a way to Europe in the hope that their lives will be better there. These men were pictured leaving the Calais Jungle camp today

Mr Hodge said: ‘As you can imagine, finding the right care and support for these vulnerable young people – arriving alone from countries around the globe – is difficult and expensive work.’

The Home Office said that last year it increased funding to local councils by 20 per cent for unaccompanied asylum seeking children under 16.

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