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Third man charged in connection with Tilbury death

A third man has been charged in connection with the death of a man found inside a shipping container - along with a further 34 Afghan Sikhs - at Tilbury Docks in Essex last month.

Martin McGlinchey has been remanded in custody after Essex police charged him with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the United Kingdom.

McGlinchey, 47, of Coalisland, Northern Ireland is due to appear before Basildon Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Meet Singh Kapoor, 40, was found with 34 living people at Tilbury Docks in Essex on August 16.

Two lorry drivers Stephen McLaughlin, 34, and Timothy Murphy, 33, have already been remanded in custody. They are accused of conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK.

They are due to appear next at Basildon Crown Court in November.

A place to call home...

Earlier this month, ITV News revealed that Brighton and Hove's homelessness problem had risen by a shocking 35 per cent in two years.

Today a significant step was taken to address the problem as more than 30 homeless people began moving into a development made out of old shipping containers which have been converted in to studio flats.

Charlotte Wilkins speaks to Richard, who's just moved in; Andy Winter from Brighton Housing Trust and Councillor Bill Randall, who's Chair of Housing at Brighton and Hove City Council.

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Shipping containers could be used to ease housing crisis

A shipping container outside the Young Vic Theatre in south London Credit: PA

Converted shipping containers could be used as temporary accommodation for homeless men and women under plans to help ease a city's housing crisis.

The 36 adapted containers have been transformed into self-contained studio flats, and feature bathrooms, kitchens and plasterboarded walls.

The structures were designed for a social housing project in Amsterdam two years ago but the scheme had to be abandoned after hitting funding difficulties.

It is hoped they will instead be used as temporary homes in Brighton and Hove from late spring next year until a permanent roof can be found.

The Brighton Housing Trust and developer QED are to submit a planning application to the local city council for a central site featuring the modified containers with allotments on the roofs.

Andy Winter, chief executive of Brighton Housing Trust, said "imaginative solutions" were needed to deal with the "desperate" housing situation in the city.

Mr Winter said: "I have to admit that when it was first suggested to me that shipping containers be used for housing I was a bit sceptical.

"However, having seen what can be achieved, I was quickly won over. The WC and shower unit is exactly the same as my daughter had in her student accommodation and she much preferred it to having to share bathrooms and toilets with other students. Who wouldn't?

"What really excites me about this opportunity is that land that might otherwise lie idle for five years will be brought back into life and used to provide much-needed temporary accommodation for 36 men and women."

When the site comes to be redeveloped, the containers can be transferred to other locations.