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Man Found Dead in Shipping Container at Tilbury Docks

Shipping containersWhen most people travel, they do so the legal way. However, there are some people who will do anything to escape their home countries. Many times this means putting their lives at risk to reach a new country. Unfortunate for one man, this is how he met his end.

According to reports, 35 people were recently found in a shipping container that arrived at Tilbury Docks, including children. Out of these 35 people, one man died. Although nothing has been confirmed as of yet, the survivors are believed to have come from India. Those people are currently being treated at the hospital, but they are said to be recovering fairly quickly.

Essex police said that the people were discovered on a freighter ship that arrived at the docks from Zeebrugge, Belgium. The the people could have been in the container for days, but someone heard them banging and screaming from inside as they walked past the container.

After the people were found inside, the police went about searching the other 50 containers that were on the freight ship. The police never found anyone else that was stored in the shipping containers. The boat that was being checked was named the Norstream.

Immigration police said that the survivors are being held in an immigration reception centre located near Tilbury. Right now, there is no way to know for sure where the container originated from or when the people were put inside. Authorities need to explore every possible avenue.

There are two possible cases the police are looking at right now. First, they are exploring the idea that the people were loaded into the container before the ship left from its original port. Police are also looking into the possibility that the people boarded the ship and stowed away in one of the containers at one of the ship’s docking points before it reached Tilbury. It is believed that the immigrants had help getting into the containers. Police have to determine if they were helped by an outside source or by someone who worked on the ship.

The police hope that they will be able to learn more by watching CCTV footage. So far, they have yet to learn anything new by watching the footage. They are still hopeful, however, because there is a lot of footage to go through. Eventually, they will get around to interviewing the immigrants themselves. For now, however, they want to make sure that everyone makes a full recovery.



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