A CHINESE gangmaster was convicted today of the manslaughter of 21 cockle pickers who drowned after being trapped by rising tides in Morecambe Bay.
A MAN accused of the manslaughter of 21 cocklers at Morecambe Bay in 2004 has admitted being a gangmaster.
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.
THE jury trying five people in connection with the Morecambe Bay cockling disaster were expected to visit the scene where the tragedy unfolded today.
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 men were due to stand trial today over the deaths last year of 21 Chinese immigrants.
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.
A BAN on cockle picking in Morecambe Bay where 23 Chinese people drowned will come into force at midnight tonight.
EMPLOYMENT agencies today said they feared being "tarred with the same brush" as illegal gangmasters.
TODAY is the first anniversary of the Morecambe Bay cockling disaster in which 23 Chinese workers drowned.
FOUR men and a woman appeared in court yesterday charged in connection with the Morecambe Bay cockling disaster.
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.
THE bodies of 21 cockle pickers who drowned in Morecambe Bay earlier this year have been flown back to China.
MANY farmers could fall foul of proposed government legislation to control the activities of gangmasters unless amendments can be introduced.
POLICE are considering whether criminal charges should be brought against gangmasters involved in an alleged turf war between rival cockle-picking gangs.
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.
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.
INVESTIGATIONS were under way today following the arrest of 14 cockle pickers on suspicion of being illegal immigrants during a crackdown on gangmasters.