Cockle pickers return to deaths bay

Cockle pickers have returned to work in the bay where 19 Chinese workers were drowned.

About 100 pickers, some on foot and others on tractors and quad bikes, gathered along the Morecambe Bay shoreline at Bolton-le-Sands near Hest Bank after Lancashire Police declared the area no longer a crime scene.

They went out before dawn and continued to work through low tide.

The flag at the RNLI station on Morecambe promenade was flying at half mast.

Police were still questioning seven people over the deaths of the Chinese cockle pickers.

Five people,who were among the group of survivors were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following a series of raids in Merseyside on Sunday.

A further two men handed themselves in to police in Lancashire following the deaths of the two women and 17 men, who were cut off by the bay's notorious incoming tide.

Police confirmed that raids had taken place at addresses in Merseyside.

About 15 officers stormed the home of local fishing boss David Eden, according to neighbours.

Local residents confirmed that Mr Eden had been involved in the seafood industry for a number of years. One neighbour, who lives next door to Mr Eden's large detached house in Irby, in Wirral, said: "It was just after 8pm and a large police van turned up with about 15 officers inside. They went into the house next door and we could see them looking around. They seemed to be taking things away."

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