A man from Colchester who befriended and sexually abused a young child has been jailed for seven years.
Man Guilty Of Smuggling Tilbury Immigrants
A man has been found guilty of smuggling 35 immigrants in to the UK through Tilbury Docks.
35 Afghan Sikhs, including 15 children, were found inside the container at Tilbury Docks on August 16.
A 40-year-old man called Meet Singh Kapoor died during the cramped crossing, and his body was found at docks in Essex.
Four men have been on trial at Basildon Crown Court - all deny organising the operation.
The jury today found Taha Sharif, who is Kurdish and was living in Tottenham, London, guilty of conspiring to facilitate illegal entry into the UK, the court confirmed.
Stephen McLaughlin, 34, and Timothy Murphy, 33, both of Londonderry, Northern Ireland, and Martin McGlinchey, 47, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, all deny the same charge.
The jury hasn't yet reached a verdict on these counts and judge John Lodge said he would now accept a majority verdict.
A man from Colchester has been jailed for 25 years for conspiring to murder his stepfather.
The first of the 66 Crossrail trains is in operation from today running on the TFL route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.
A crackdown, aimed at tackling online child abuse in Essex has seen more than 40 people arrested in the last six months.
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