Morecambe Bay deaths

Morecambe Bay deaths

Flight from poverty had a tragic price

WANG Xiu Yu came to Britain to build a better life for herself and her young daughter.

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Gangmaster convicted over cocklers' deaths

A CHINESE gangmaster was convicted today of the manslaughter of 21 cockle pickers who drowned after being trapped by rising tides in Morecambe Bay.

Cockler tragedy accused admits gangmaster job

A MAN accused of the manslaughter of 21 cocklers at Morecambe Bay in 2004 has admitted being a gangmaster.

Cockle bed deaths 'inevitable'

THE night when at least 21 Chinese cockle pickers died in rising tides on Morecambe Bay was "a disaster waiting to happen", a court heard yesterday.

Cockling jury visits scene

THE jury trying five people in connection with the Morecambe Bay cockling disaster were expected to visit the scene where the tragedy unfolded today.

Cocklers drowned 'due to negligence of gangmaster'

AT LEAST 21 Chinese cocklers perished in the freezing waters of Morecambe Bay after their gangmaster let them get trapped by rising tides, a court heard yesterday.

Five face trial over deaths of cockle pickers

FIVE men were due to stand trial today over the deaths last year of 21 Chinese immigrants.

Monument to tragic Chinese

A MEMORIAL to 58 Chinese men and women found dead in the back of a truck at a British port was being unveiled today, the fifth anniversary of the tragedy. Sixty illegal immigrants were packed into a sealed container which arrived at Dover in June 2000 but 54 suffocated during the six-hour Belgium crossing.

Cockle-picking ban to come into force

A BAN on cockle picking in Morecambe Bay where 23 Chinese people drowned will come into force at midnight tonight.

Job agencies' gang slur fear

EMPLOYMENT agencies today said they feared being "tarred with the same brush" as illegal gangmasters.

Tributes paid to 23 cocklers

TODAY is the first anniversary of the Morecambe Bay cockling disaster in which 23 Chinese workers drowned.

Five in court over drownings

FOUR men and a woman appeared in court yesterday charged in connection with the Morecambe Bay cockling disaster.

Five in court over cocklers

FIVE people charged in connection with the Morecambe Bay cockling tragedy in which at least 21 people died were due to appear in court today.

Bodies of drowned cocklers sent home

THE bodies of 21 cockle pickers who drowned in Morecambe Bay earlier this year have been flown back to China.

Concerns over the new 'gangmaster' proposals

MANY farmers could fall foul of proposed government legislation to control the activities of gangmasters unless amendments can be introduced.

Gangmasters may face court over stranded cockle pickers

POLICE are considering whether criminal charges should be brought against gangmasters involved in an alleged turf war between rival cockle-picking gangs.

Cockle pickers rescued after gangs clash at disaster spot

MORE than 100 cockle pickers came close to drowning yesterday after rival gangs of Scottish and Chinese workers clashed more than four miles from shore.

Dangers that are as great as the rewards

TODAY’S rescue of cocklers from the reach of the treacherous tides of Morecambe Bay has once again focused attention on the dangers faced by workers in the industry.

14 cocklers held in blitz on gangs

INVESTIGATIONS were under way today following the arrest of 14 cockle pickers on suspicion of being illegal immigrants during a crackdown on gangmasters.

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