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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Morecambe Bay disaster ‘could happen again’

CONDITIONS that led to the Morecambe Bay cockling disaster could still occur, according to the detective who spearheaded the investigation.

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MICK GRADWELL

Mick Gradwell is a former detective superintendent with Lancashire police who led the investigation.

Speaking to the BBC’s Inside Out programme he said he felt the investigation had only managed to snare the ringleader of the operation, Lin Liang Ren – rather than the wider issue of human trafficking.

He said: “You’re thrown into investigating international organised crime gangs, snakeheads, triads, international human trafficking.

“We dealt with the people who were responsible for the deaths on the night.

“But we did not make any dent into these wider criminal gangs who traffic people around the world.”

Mr Gradwell claimed other similar disasters could still occur because people are willing to exploit the poorest in society for their own ends.

“There is a constant threat and risk of people being abused like this and dying because they’re being forced to work in dangerous conditions,” he added.

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