Two men have been charged in connection with the death of a man found in a container at Tilbury Docks.
Stephen McLaughlin, 34, of Limavady, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and Timothy Murphy, 33 of Elmgrove, Londonderry, are both charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK.
The men, who are both lorry drivers, are to appear in custody at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court today.
Meet Singh Kapoor, 40, from Afghanistan, was found dead inside the container at the Essex port on August 16.
The people of Reading, Brentwood, Woking and Watford have all appeared in a list of the UK's most generous towns after donating the most money to charity, according to a study by fundraising website JustGiving.
The data is based on the number of givers and the amount donated in relation to the size of each area's population.
The top 10 'most generous' towns are:
- 1. Bedford- 41,631 donations and £1,145,967 raised
- 2. Cambridge - 48,295 donations and £1,440,634 raised.
- 3. Reading - 58,235 donations and £1,711,566 raised.
- 4. Brentwood - 21,672 donations and £750,509 raised.
- 5. Woking - 27,646 donations and £921,165 raised.
- 6. Aberdeen - 58,307 donations and £1,872,610 raised.
- 7. Cheltenham - 33,381 donations and £976,995 raised.
- 8. High Wycombe - 31,658 donations and £1,004,113 raised.
- 9. Watford - 22,643 donations and £737,375 raised.
- 10. Bristol - 28,553 donations and £848,674 raised.
David Beckham got a drenching today, the latest celebrity to take part in the ALS ice bucket challenge. He was nominated by American TV presenter Ryan Seacrest.
Stripped down to his jeans three men soak him using one of the biggest buckets yet. Beckham went on to nominate Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Leonardo DiCaprio.
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Celebrities across the board have endured the viral ice bucket challenge, read more about it here.
If you went to the V Festival in Chelmsford this weekend, you may have spotted the police helicopter hovering overhead. Here's what they saw.
A toddler is in critical condition after a collision involving an ice-cream van. Police were called to the Northbrooks area of Harlow, Essex at about 5.30pm yesterday.
The 22-month-old was initially taken to the Princess Alexandria Hospital in Harlow but has now been transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. The road was closed for more than three hours.
The uncle of dead Afghan immigrant Meet Singh Kapoor says he wanted a better life for his children. Instead his children watched him die.Read the full story ›
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.
"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.
- London and the South East are continuing to record the strongest annual growth
- England remains the only UK country where property prices are higher than their pre-financial crisis peak, now standing at 10% above their previous high seen in 2008
House prices in London have continued to rise around twice as quickly as those across the UK, with the capital seeing a 19.3% jump in prices in the 12 months to June.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show the average house price in London is now just shy of half a million pounds, at £499,000.
The RMT union, which campaigns for the railways to return to public ownership, has said that next year's fare rise is a "kick in the teeth" for rail passengers.
With the “flex” rule passengers are facing fare increases of up to 5.5% at a time when wages are stagnating. People will simply be priced off the railways while the greedy train operating companies are laughing all the way to the bank. This is a kick in the teeth for the millions of British people who use our trains ... With Northern Rail already axing off-peak tickets, with others set to follow, we are once again ratcheting up the highest rail fares in Europe to travel on some of the most clapped-out and overcrowded services ...