Man arrested after death of Afghan at Tilbury docks

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of manslaughter and facilitating illegal entry into the UK following the death of an Afghan man aboard a shipping container found at Tilbury Docks in Essex on Saturday.

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Interpreters to help speak to Afghans found in container

Essex Police will use interpreters to help speak to a group of Afghan Sikhs who were found in a container at Tilbury Docks.

Superintendent Trevor Roe said now the majority had been released from hospital, officers could start to "piece together" what happened.

Now they are well enough, our officers and colleagues from the Border Force will be speaking to them via interpreters so we can piece together what happened and how they came to be in the container.

We now understand that they are from Afghanistan and are of the Sikh faith.

We have had a good deal of help from partners within the local Sikh community in the Tilbury area to ensure that these poor people, who would have been through a horrific ordeal, are supported in terms of their religious and clothing needs.

The Red Cross are also helping; they have provided food and welfare help for the people overnight. We are grateful for their support and I would like to say a big thank you to them.

– Superintendent Trevor Roe
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People discovered in container 'from Afghanistan'

A group of adults and children found in container at Tilbury Docks are from Afghanistan and are of the Sikh faith, Essex police say.

Essex Police are continuing with their investigations into the incident. Credit: PA Wire

Thirty-five people were found in the container yesterday morning, with one man pronounced dead at the scene.

Some 30 people have now been released from hospital and are in the care of Essex Police and Border Force staff at the Port of Tilbury.

Four remain at Southend Hospital, but are expected to be discharged later.

Essex Police said all of the stowaways will be taken care of by the Border Force once they have been questioned.

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Home Office 'providing support' after Tilbury docks find

The 34 people found alive in a shipping container at Tilbury docks are in the care of the Home Office after being interviewed by police and are in the process of applying for asylum in the UK.

"We are continuing to provide expert support, along with the National Crime Agency, to the Essex Police investigation into the discovery," a Home Office spokesperson said.

The 34 people found alive in a shipping container in Tilbury docks on Saturday are now in the process of claiming asylum in the UK. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

"This tragic incident is a reminder of the devastating human consequences of illegal migration and we will do all we can to help bring those responsible to justice," they added.

The Home Office does not comment on individual cases and any decision made will not be announced publicly.

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Dead Afghan's family looked on as his life slipped away

The wife and children of the Afghan man found dead in a shipping container in Tilbury Docks watched him die in front of their eyes.

Translator Kamaljit Singh Mataharu told ITV News he had "tears in his eyes" as the dead man's children told him what happened.

He said: "The little boy said to me that he tried to wake his dad but he didn't respond and then they found out he was dead."

The cause of the man's death is still unknown despite a post-mortem being carried out yesterday.

ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner has this report:

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Afghan immigrants are all claiming asylum in UK

The 34 people found in a shipping container in Tilbury docks on Saturday are now in the process of claiming asylum in the UK.

The Homes Office said the men, women and children, aged from one to 72, were now in their care while their cases are being considered.

In a statement a Home Office spokesman said: "Following the conclusion of police interviews, the individuals involved have now been passed into our care.

"All 34 are now in the process of claiming asylum in the UK and we are providing accommodation and support to those who require it while their cases are considered.

"This tragic incident is a reminder of the devastating human consequences of illegal migration and we will do all we can to help bring those responsible to justice.

“The UK takes its international obligations extremely seriously and has a proud history of offering protection to those who need it. ”

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Belgium police look for driver in container investigation

Belgium police believe migrants rescued from a shipping container were already inside when it was dropped at a European port before leaving for Britain.

One man died and 34 others were taken to hospital after they were found inside a container. Credit: PA Wire

Thirty-five people - including a man who later died - were discovered in a container at Tilbury Docks early yesterday morning.

Peter De Waele, spokesman for the Federal Police in Belgium, said investigators were "very hopeful" of tracking down the driver and vehicle that dropped the container at Zeebrugge port.

"We think that the possibility [is that] the victims were already on the container before it was put down in Zeebrugge because in that area it is rather impossible to put 35 people in that container," he told the Press Association.

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Tilbury Docks group 'duped'

The group found in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks were "duped", the former head of the UK Border Force said.

Tony Smith told Good Morning Britain that the Afghani Sikhs will have been "promised something, reasonably plausible, that 'if you pay me a certain amount of money I can get you into the UK, you will have a better life.'"

"It's massive fraud," he said.

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