LONDON - A man has died after 35 people, including several children, were found inside a shipping container being unloaded at a dock in eastern England on Saturday morning, police said. Two of the group were taken to the hospital in serious but not life-threatening condition, while others were treated for dehydration and hypothermia. The container was being unloaded at Tilbury docks in Essex from a ferry that had arrived from Zeebrugge, Belgium.
Essex Police said that for the time being they were treating the incident as a homicide investigation. "As a result of the ferry docking, staff at the port became aware of screaming and banging coming from the container," Superintendent Trevor Roe said. Port staff were busy searching other containers from the ferry. No further details were immediately available of how long the group had been inside the container or where they had entered it. Tilbury, on the River Thames, is primarily a bulk cargo and container port. Immigration and health authorities were assisting the investigation, police said.
First published August 16 2014, 4:34 AM