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Man guilty of smuggling 35 immigrants into Tilbury Docks

A general view of a container ship at Tilbury Docks in Essex. Credit: PA

A man from Tottenham has been found guilty of smuggling 35 immigrants in to the UK in a container in which one man died.

Meet Singh Kapoor was found dead when the container, which had travelled from Belgium, was opened.

The rest, including Mr Kapoor's wife and children, survived the ordeal but were found distressed in cramped conditions.

Four men went on trial at Basildon Crown Court accused of organising the operation.

A jury found Taha Sharif, who is Kurdish and was living in Tottenham, north London, guilty of conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK.

They have yet to reach a verdict on Stephen McLaughlin, Timothy Murphy, and Martin McGlinchey who all deny the same charge.


Man charged with kidnapping three-year-old boy

Robert Gurling will appear in court on Monday charged with kidnapping. Credit: Essex Police

A man has been charged with kidnap following the disappearance of a three-year-old child.

Essex Police are no longer searching for the young boy, who is safe after he went missing last Sunday, sparking a search across the county.

Tradesman Robert Gurling, 45, from Romford, will remain in custody until his appearance at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Laurence Payne, 40, a computer programmer, also from Romford, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court today charged with assisting an offender, in connection with the investigation.

He was remanded in custody until later this month, when he will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court.

A woman from Guildford in Surrey has also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and has been released on bail.

Hunt for father who abducted three-year-old son

Robert Gurling was last seen in Great Notley near Braintree, Essex yesterday. Credit: Essex Police

A massive manhunt is under way after a father abducted his three-year-old son from his foster parents.

Robert Gurling is only allowed contact with his son under supervision but kidnapped the youngster.

They were last seen in Great Notley near Braintree in Essex at about 10.30am yesterday.

Police search teams and a helicopter have been combing the area in an "urgent" search for the pair but have not found them.

Detectives are appealing to the public to help trace Mr Gurling, who is described as white, in his 40s, 6ft tall and of medium build, with cropped dark brown greying hair and was wearing a grey tracksuit top and jeans.

The boy has blonde hair and was wearing a jacket, grey tracksuit bottoms and red trainers. They may be travelling in a blue car.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett of Essex Police said: "Anyone who sees them should phone 999 immediately or call Essex Police on 01245 282103."

Chelmsford road re-opens after suspicious package scare

Essex Police have re-opened a road in central Chelmsford. Duke Street had been closed after a suspicious package was reported but it has now been found to contain "nothing of concern."

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