TILBURY DEATH LATEST: Belgian police tracking container

Peter De Waele, spokesman for the Federal Police in Belgium

Peter De Waele, spokesman for the Federal Police in Belgium

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IMMIGRANTS rescued from a shipping container at Tilbury Docks were probably inside before arrival at the Belgian port, police believe.

International agencies are working alongside British Police as they continue their investigation into how the group - including one man who later died - came to arrive at the Port of Tilbury early yesterday morning.

Today Peter De Waele, spokesman for the Federal Police in Belgium, said it appeared to be "impossible" for the 35 men, women and children to be loaded into the unit in the time it was at Zeebrugge, a port in the north of the country.

He said investigators have been combing CCTV and are "very hopeful" that they can track down the driver and company of the vehicle that deposited the container.

Mr De Waele said each container is captured on camera and their seals are subject to "very strict" controls.

He said: "We saw that this container was there for one hour in all in an area where there is a lot of cameras, a lot of people and a lot of cars driving. It was around 6pm so it wasn't dark.

"We think that the possibility [is that] the victims were already on the container before it was put down in Zeebrugge because in that area it is rather impossible to put 35 people in that container.

"That is not exact information. I think the investigation has to give answers to this question."

He declined to confirm whether detectives have already identified the vehicle which delivered the container to Zeebrugge.

But he added: "My colleagues told me that they were very hopeful looking at the pictures that they [could] find the company and also the driver who put the container in Zeebrugge.

"It is too early saying the driver is involved but when we find the driver we can work backwards."

Mr De Waele added that they are working closely with Essex police and described tackling human trafficking as a "priority" in Belgium.

The container was one of around 50 on board the P&O Ferries commercial vessel the Norstream when it arrived in Essex.

The immigrants, all thought to be from the Indian subcontinent, were rescued after port authorities heard banging and screaming from inside the container at around 6.30am yesterday.

One man died and the others were taken to hospital suffering from hypothermia and dehydration.

Police in Essex, who are treating the incident as a "homicide" investigation, are expected to begin questioning members of the group today.

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1:24pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Nebs says...

Now they have gone public with this then, if the driver was an innocent party and not involved in the trafficking, you have to feel sorry for him. On the one hand he will the police after him to get him to tell them everything he knows, and on the other hand he will have the villains after him to make sure that he doesn't tell them anything.
Now they have gone public with this then, if the driver was an innocent party and not involved in the trafficking, you have to feel sorry for him. On the one hand he will the police after him to get him to tell them everything he knows, and on the other hand he will have the villains after him to make sure that he doesn't tell them anything. Nebs
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9:57am Mon 18 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

so 35 people (excluding the children) willingly get into a container, with the sole intention of effecting an illegal entry into the UK, one dies, and its a 'homocide' investigation ? frankly that is an insult to peoples intelligence, when frequently the killing of innocent members of the public in violent assaults, doesn't even result in a murder charge or conviction.... how would any jury in the land accept a prosecution claim the these traffickers intended to take a life in a premeditated act of murder ? It's maybe a reckless criminal act that has resulted in man slaughter, but to pretend its 'murder' else is a cheap publicity stunt by the authorities...
so 35 people (excluding the children) willingly get into a container, with the sole intention of effecting an illegal entry into the UK, one dies, and its a 'homocide' investigation ? frankly that is an insult to peoples intelligence, when frequently the killing of innocent members of the public in violent assaults, doesn't even result in a murder charge or conviction.... how would any jury in the land accept a prosecution claim the these traffickers intended to take a life in a premeditated act of murder ? It's maybe a reckless criminal act that has resulted in man slaughter, but to pretend its 'murder' else is a cheap publicity stunt by the authorities... pembury53
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2:13pm Mon 18 Aug 14

ThisYear says...

pembury53 wrote:
so 35 people (excluding the children) willingly get into a container, with the sole intention of effecting an illegal entry into the UK, one dies, and its a 'homocide' investigation ? frankly that is an insult to peoples intelligence, when frequently the killing of innocent members of the public in violent assaults, doesn't even result in a murder charge or conviction.... how would any jury in the land accept a prosecution claim the these traffickers intended to take a life in a premeditated act of murder ? It's maybe a reckless criminal act that has resulted in man slaughter, but to pretend its 'murder' else is a cheap publicity stunt by the authorities...
'Murder' and 'Homicide' The same thing?
[quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: so 35 people (excluding the children) willingly get into a container, with the sole intention of effecting an illegal entry into the UK, one dies, and its a 'homocide' investigation ? frankly that is an insult to peoples intelligence, when frequently the killing of innocent members of the public in violent assaults, doesn't even result in a murder charge or conviction.... how would any jury in the land accept a prosecution claim the these traffickers intended to take a life in a premeditated act of murder ? It's maybe a reckless criminal act that has resulted in man slaughter, but to pretend its 'murder' else is a cheap publicity stunt by the authorities...[/p][/quote]'Murder' and 'Homicide' The same thing? ThisYear
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3:46pm Mon 18 Aug 14

pembury53 says...

ThisYear wrote:
pembury53 wrote:
so 35 people (excluding the children) willingly get into a container, with the sole intention of effecting an illegal entry into the UK, one dies, and its a 'homocide' investigation ? frankly that is an insult to peoples intelligence, when frequently the killing of innocent members of the public in violent assaults, doesn't even result in a murder charge or conviction.... how would any jury in the land accept a prosecution claim the these traffickers intended to take a life in a premeditated act of murder ? It's maybe a reckless criminal act that has resulted in man slaughter, but to pretend its 'murder' else is a cheap publicity stunt by the authorities...
'Murder' and 'Homicide' The same thing?
the police stated "charges could include murder (and man slaughter)" although you are correct, my use of the word homicide was mistaken, but to even suggest this is murder is plainly daft and contrived to focus attention on the 'evil' traffickers, which of course they are, as opposed to the criminal act of the stowaways, who will doubtless claim asylum now they have been apprehended as illegal immigrants...
[quote][p][bold]ThisYear[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pembury53[/bold] wrote: so 35 people (excluding the children) willingly get into a container, with the sole intention of effecting an illegal entry into the UK, one dies, and its a 'homocide' investigation ? frankly that is an insult to peoples intelligence, when frequently the killing of innocent members of the public in violent assaults, doesn't even result in a murder charge or conviction.... how would any jury in the land accept a prosecution claim the these traffickers intended to take a life in a premeditated act of murder ? It's maybe a reckless criminal act that has resulted in man slaughter, but to pretend its 'murder' else is a cheap publicity stunt by the authorities...[/p][/quote]'Murder' and 'Homicide' The same thing?[/p][/quote]the police stated "charges could include murder (and man slaughter)" although you are correct, my use of the word homicide was mistaken, but to even suggest this is murder is plainly daft and contrived to focus attention on the 'evil' traffickers, which of course they are, as opposed to the criminal act of the stowaways, who will doubtless claim asylum now they have been apprehended as illegal immigrants... pembury53
  • Score: -2

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