The former head of UK Border Agency called the smuggling of 35 people in a shipping container "dangerous and unusual".
Tony Smith told ITV News: "In many respects we were fortunate that people were able to find them this morning and we didn't have an even worse scenario than the one we've got before us now."
The uncle of dead Afghan immigrant Meet Singh Kapoor says he wanted a better life for his children. Instead his children watched him die.
ITV News has spoken to the translator police used after 35 Afghan Sikhs, including 13 children, were found in a boat in Tilbury Docks.
ITV News has obtained exclusive footage of people, believed to be Afghan Sikhs, being released from a shipping container at Tilbury Docks.