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Gardai searching for refugees who hid themselves and fled from trailer in Midlands

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Gardai are investigating after a number of people, believed to be refugees, ran from a trailer when the startled truck driver opened its doors in County Laois yesterday evening.

The incident happened in the Straboe area on the outskirts of Portlaoise town.

The truck driver had stopped the vehicle at 6.50pm and when he opened the doors of the trailer a number of people bolted past him and fled into the surrounding area.
Investigating gardai, who are concerned about the welfare of the people involved, began searching the area once the matter was reported to them.

The garda helicopter was utilised in the search for what is believed to be five men.

It is not clear what the nationality of the individuals is.

The truck had travelled to Laois from Rosslare Harbour in County Wexford, a distance of 125km.

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