Two arrested as illegal immigrant found in car bonnet

TWO people have been arrested after trying to smuggle this illegal immigrant into Spain under the bonnet of their car.

The Nissan Vanette was stopped by Civil Guard officers at the busy ferry port of Almeria in the south-east of the country as they arrived from Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla.

The immigrant was discovered curled up by the engine during a search of the vehicle.

The detainees, two men aged 51 and 29, live in Spain but are thought to be of Moroccan origin.

Police say the van had been modified so the immigrant, who has not been named, could be fitted under the bonnet.

He was travelling without a passport and officers are understood to be trying to identify him so he can be returned to his homeland.

In June 2015 police discovered a 23-year-old immigrant from Guinea squashed up against the car’s engine when they stopped a vehicle on the chaotic land border between Morocco and Spain’s other north African enclave of Ceuta.

The driver, a Moroccan 30-year-old, tried to flee after being stopped but was caught before managing to get back across the border.

Earlier this month extraordinary pictures were published of a 19-year-old man from Gabon stuffed into a suitcase who a 22-year-old Moroccan woman had tried to smuggle across the same border.

Officers became suspicious after seeing the woman transporting the case on an unusually large trolley.