Six men have been arrested on suspicion of immigration offences after a group of people were seen leaving a lorry in Basingstoke this morning.

Officers were called to Houndmills on Tuesday morning (December 14) shortly before 8am after several people were seen leaving a lorry that was parked in Knights Park Road.

They arrested six people on suspicion of immigration offences and say that enquiries are ongoing.

One resident of Chineham Lane in Popley says she saw two of the suspects being arrested at around 9am.

"I was coming out of the drive and noticed there was a big police van. We saw a big police presence.

"The road was temporarily blocked for about five minutes because they were getting the two people in the van.

"I didn't think much of it, because we live near the Apollo Hotel and I do see people out and about."

There have been rumours on social media that the Apollo is being used as a temporary facility to house asylum seekers, but neither hotel management or the Home Office will comment.

"As I got to the Apollo roundabout, there were a fair few police cars about which is unusual."

The woman, who was on her way to work when this happened, said she spotted three or four police cars as well as a police officer patrolling the area on a bike.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary said: "We were called at 7.52am on Tuesday 14 December to a report that a number of people were seen leaving a lorry parked in Knights Park Road, Basingstoke.

"Officers attended and later arrested six men on suspicion of immigration offences. Enquiries are ongoing."