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Updated: Sunday August 7, 2014 10am

Essex Police have charged a third man in connection with their investigation into the death of a man found in a container at Tilbury Docks on Saturday August 16.

Martin McGlinchey, aged 47, of Derryloughan Road, Coalisland, Dungannon, in County Tyrone, has been charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the United Kingdom. He has been remanded in custody to appear before Basildon Magistrates Court on Monday September 8.

 



Updated: Friday August 5, 2014 7pm

A third man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and facilitating illegal entry into the United Kingdom in connection with the Essex Police investigation into the death of a man found in a container at Tilbury Docks on Saturday August 16.

The man, aged 47, from Dungannon, in Northern Ireland, was arrested this morning by Merseyside Police at Liverpool Ferry Port. He is due to be transferred into the custody of Essex Police later this evening.


 

Updated: Saturday August 23, 2014 2.30pm

Two men who were charged in connection with an Essex Police investigation into the death of a man found in a container at Tilbury docks last weekend were remanded in custody when they appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court, today Saturday August 23.

Stephen McLaughlin, 34, of Rose Park, Limavady, Londonderry and Timothy Murphy, 33 of Elmgrove, Londonderry, are both charged with conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK.

They were remanded to appear at Basildon Crown Court in the week commencing November 17.


 

Updated: Saturday August 23, 2014 8.30am

Two men have been charged in connection with the investigation into the death of a man found in a container at Tilbury docks on Saturday August 16.

Stephen McLaughlin, 34, of Rose Park, Limavady, Londonderry 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, have been detained in police custody to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court today, Saturday August 23.

 


 

Updated: Wednesday August 20, 2014 6.30pm

Essex Police has arrested a second man on suspicion of manslaughter and facilitating illegal entry into the United Kingdom in connection with its investigation into the death of a man found in a container at Tilbury Docks on Saturday August 16. The man, aged 33 from Londonderry, was arrested shortly after 1pm today after voluntarily attending at a police station in Essex. He will be questioned by detectives later today. The man arrested in Northern Ireland yesterday is not due to arrive in Essex Police custody until late this evening.

Photographs released today of the container.

Tilbury container 1

Tilbury container 2

Tilbury container 3



Updated: Tuesday August 19, 2014 3.30pm

Police in Northern Ireland have arrested a man on suspicion of manslaughter and facilitating illegal entry into the United Kingdom in connection with an Essex Police investigation into the death of a man found in a container at Tilbury Docks on Saturday August 16. The man, aged 34 from Limavady, was arrested just after midday at Banbridge on the A1. He is currently in the custody of the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) pending his transportation to the mainland for questioning by Essex Police. PSNI officers are also carrying out a search of his home address to assist the Essex Police investigation.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, of Essex Police, said: "This is a fast-moving investigation which has already involved a number of police forces and law enforcement agencies from across the United Kingdom and Europe. I am very grateful to officers from the PSNI for their assistance this morning. We will continue to work closely with all of our policing colleagues as we pursue our investigation to bring those responsible for this crime to justice.”

 



Updated: Monday August 18, 2014 7.30pm

We can now confirm that we believe the man who was found dead in the container at Tilbury Docks on Saturday August 16 to be Meet Singh Kapoor, aged 40, from Afghanistan.

 



Updated: Monday August 18, 2014 5.30pm

Essex Police and Home Office officials are today continuing with their investigations following the discovery of 35 people in a container at the Port of Tilbury at the weekend.

Supt Trevor Roe, of Essex Police, also thanked the agencies that had helped to look after the people following their ordeal, as well as supporting the police during the incident.

The men, women and children were found inside the container by port staff just after 6.30am on Saturday, August 16. Unfortunately one man was dead.

The final four people have now left Southend hospital. They have been spoken to by police and are now in the care of Home Office officials.

The other 30, who include nine men, eight women and 13 children have finished speaking to police and are now being cared for by Home Office officials.

The post mortem examination on the deceased man, believed to be in his 40s, was carried out yesterday (Sunday). The cause of death has not yet been established and enquiries are continuing.

Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have launched a homicide investigation. They are working with the Home Office and the National Crime Agency to look at how the people, believed to be from Afghanistan and predominantly of the Sikh faith, came to be in the container.

The container was placed on a P&O ferry which travelled from Zeebrugge.

Supt Trevor Roe of Essex Police said: "Tragically, one man died on the voyage and the investigation into his death is now being led by us. These people were found in an awful situation and our main priority is to look after them and ensure they are now safe following what would have been a horrendous ordeal.”

He added: "I would like to thank the East of England Ambulance Service, the Home Office’s Border Force and immigration teams, the Port of Tilbury authorities, the National Crime Agency, the Red Cross and members of the local Sikh community for their help and efforts during this incident.”

 



Updated: Sunday August 17, 2014 7.30pm

Essex Police can confirm that the number of people found inside the container at the Port of Tilbury is 35, including the man that died.

Four people are still in Southend Hospital, where it is thought they will remain overnight. Their details are being determined.

The other 30 people are still being spoken to about their ordeal. Once this is finished they will be passed into the care of the Border Force. They include nine men and eight women aged between 18 and 72-years-old. They also include 13 children, aged between one and 12-years-old.

The post mortem examination on the deceased man was carried out today (Sunday) at Basildon Hospital. The cause of his death is subject to further tests. He is believed to be in his 40s.

Police and Border Force officers are continuing with their enquiries into this tragic incident.

 



Updated: Sunday August 17, 2014 2pm

Essex Police and Border Force officers are continuing with their enquiries today following the discovery of 35 people in a container at the Port of Tilbury on the morning of Saturday, August 16.

The group of men, women and children was found inside the container by port staff just after 6.30am. Unfortunately one man was discovered to be dead inside. The other 34 people were taken for treatment at Southend, Basildon and the Royal London hospitals.

Superintendent Trevor Roe, of Essex Police, said: "This is a tragic incident where a man has sadly died. Our thoughts and sympathies are with his relatives. Officers from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have launched a homicide investigation to find out what happened.”

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Thirty people treated at hospitals have now been released and are currently in the care of Essex Police and Border Force staff at the Port of Tilbury. Four remain at Southend Hospital but it is hoped they will be well enough to be discharged later today.

All of the people will be taken care of by the Border Force in a suitable location once we have finished speaking to them.

Superintendent Roe added: "The welfare and health of the people is our priority at this stage. 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.”

Essex Police, Border Force and the National Crime Agency, will continue with their investigations today. Officers are liaising with Belgian police and Interpol. The Port of Tilbury authorities have helped the police and Border Force efforts throughout. The port has reopened for business as usual and is continuing with its operations. All of the containers on board the ship have been searched and no further people have been found. There were initial concerns that a further container with people inside may have come into port at Purfleet but this is not the case.

A casualty bureau has been set up for anybody who is concerned about a friend or relative to call. People living in the UK should call 0800 0560944 and people outside of the UK can call +44 (0)207 1580010. So far we have received around a dozen calls to the bureau.

 



Updated: Saturday August 16, 2014 6pm

Essex Police is continuing with its investigations following the discovery of a container of people at the Port of Tilbury this morning (Saturday, August 16).

Thirty five people, believed to be from the Indian sub-continent, were found inside. Unfortunately one man was pronounced dead at the scene. The others, who are men, women and children, were taken for treatment at Southend, Basildon and the Royal London Hospitals. They are not thought to be in a serious condition. Once they have been treated they will be taken to a reception centre.

The container was on a P&O container ferry which docked at the port at 6.37am. The other 50 containers on board the vessel have been searched and no further people have been found.

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Investigations are continuing to establish who the deceased was and who the other people are and where they come from. Once they have been treated in hospital they will be spoken to by officers from Essex Police before being referred to the UK Border Agencies.  A casualty bureau has been set up for anybody who is concerned about a friend or relative to call. People living in the UK should call 0800 0560944 and people outside of the UK can call +44 207 1580010.



Saturday August 16, 2014 11am

Essex Police officers have launched an investigation following the discovery of a container of people at Tilbury Docks.

31 people found in container at Tilbury Docks

The container, on a ship from Zeebrugge, was being unloaded this morning (Saturday, August 16). Essex Police received a call at 7.35am from the Port of Tilbury authorities.

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Thirty five people, including adults and children of both genders, were found inside. One man has sadly died and the others have significant health problems. They are being treated by ambulance crews and are being taken to local hospitals.

Essex Police is working in partnership with the Port of Tilbury, UK Border Force and the East of England Ambulance Service. A casualty bureau has been set up - 0800 0560944 or 0207 1580010.

Investigation launched after 31 people found in container at Tilbury Docks this morning. One sadly died, others being taken to hospital.

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