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London dockworkers discover 35 people, one dead, in shipping container

Workers at Tilbury Docks near London today found 35 people in a shipping container, including one man who was dead, CNN reports.

The dockworkers heard "screaming and banging," coming from inside the container, and upon opening it found the stowaways, who officials said are from the Indian subcontinent. The container arrived in Tilbury — about 30 miles east of London — after a nine-hour journey aboard a ship that began its voyage in Zeebrugge, a Belgian port city. The company which owns the ship, P&O Ferries, told CNN that containers are inspected by the UK Border Agency, not the company itself.

All 50 containers which were aboard the ship are being thoroughly searched now, and authorities have launched a homicide investigation into the death of the adult male.