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Second man held over people found in Tilbury Docks container

A second man has been arrested in Northern Ireland in connection with the death of a man and discovery of 34 other immigrants in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks, Essex Police said.

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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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