A man has been charged with breaching immigration laws after police were alerted to welfare concerns for eight people.

Hulidau Pavel, 28, of no fixed address, has been charged in Brentwood for facilitating unlawful entry into the UK.

Pavel is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court today (August 26), Essex Police said.

Detective Inspector Karen Knibbs said: “Essex Police takes these matters incredibly seriously and we are fully equipped to gather intelligence around potential breaches of immigration laws and investigate thoroughly."

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Officers were alerted to concerns for the welfare of eight males in a lorry trailer in Brentwood on Thursday (August 24).

The eight people, including five adults and three juveniles, received a medical check and were deemed safe and well. 

An investigation by Essex Police, including its Commercial Vehicle Unit and Brentwood CID, resulted in Pavel being charged.

“We continue to work with our partners as part of this investigation," Det. Insp. Knibbs added.