A Romanian man has been arrested and charged with assistance.

A criminal investigation has opened the discovery of the group – which included 15 children as young as 12 – hidden behind crates of sparkling water, reports the BBC. Newhaven Port from the French port of Dieppe.

The children were cold and unharmed and are now being looked after by social services. An 18-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman have been sent back to Vietnam, while the remaining four adults are being held at a detention center, Metro says.

The driver, Andrut Duma, 29, wants to stay in custody until it is released.

Last year, a report from the Guardian claims that it is a campsite of Vietnamese national which was hidden in woodland in northern France, near a major motorway route to Calais. Illegally in cannabis farms, nail bars and restaurants".

In 2015, nine Vietnamese teenagers were intercepted in a lorry at Newhaven. A further 13 Vietnamese youngsters aged between 14 and 18 were discovered inside a truck at industrial estate in Northamptonshire last year.

A total of 3,552 notices were caught with illegal stowaways across Britain in 2016-17, with total fines reaching £ 7.8m, reports the Daily Mail.