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Police hunt driver after immigrant discovery

Police hunt driver after immigrant discovery

Police Hunt Lorry Driver In CCTV Footage

  • Police Hunt Lorry Driver In CCTV FootagePolice Hunt Lorry Driver In CCTV Footage

News Desk: Belgian police have said they are almost certain they have CCTV images of the lorry and driver that dropped a container carrying 35 immigrants at a UK-bound ferry.Crews discovered the group of Afghan Sikhs – thought to be victims of human trafficking – when “banging and screaming” was heard at Tilbury Docks in Essex.

One man was found dead and others were taken to hospital suffering from severe dehydration and hypothermia.

Thirty of them have already been discharged and the other four were expected to be allowed to leave later in the day.

Interpol and other international forces are now helping Essex Police trace the lorry’s route across Europe and find the suspected traffickers.

Peter De Waele, a spokesman for Belgium’s federal police, told Sky News that detectives were checking “every image” of CCTV from Zeebrugge port.

“We have a lot of cameras and we are very hopeful for having information about identification of the driver.

“When you know that in this area there are a lot of cameras, you know also that we have plenty of information about the truck and the driver, and the firm who put the container in Zeebrugge.”

Mr De Waele said the container was only at the busy port for about an hour and police believe the victims were probably already inside when it arrived.

Essex Police have launched a “homicide” investigation after the death of the male immigrant and detectives said charges could include murder or manslaughter.

They will speak to the survivors over the coming days.

Superintendent Trevor Roe, of Essex Police, said: “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 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.”

Information on the ages of the immigrants or the relationship between them has not yet been released.

The group were found at 7.35am on Saturday when the Norsteam, a commercial ship run by P&O Ferries, was being unloaded in Tilbury.

Natalie Hardy, a company spokeswoman, said the ship had travelled overnight from Belgium and was carrying 64 containers, 72 trailers and five lorries and drivers.

“When they went to unload containers there was a noise heard, a banging. One unfortunately was dead and others were taken to hospital.”

James Brokenshire MP, immigration and security minister, has called the incident a “reminder of the often devastating human consequences of illegal migration” and said gangs are dealing in a “brutal trade in human lives”.




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