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  Cockle pickers case: More arrests
Updated 09 February 2004, 20.42
Police are investigating the deaths of cockle pickers
Two further people have been arrested by police investigating the deaths of 19 cockle pickers at Morecambe Bay.

It brings the total number of arrested people to seven. The five men and two women are being quizzed about whether they were involved in Friday's tragedy.

The people who died were from China and police believe they may have been illegally brought to this country by 'gangmasters'.

The workers were killed by powerful tides while looking for the cockles.

Morecombe Bay, Lancashire
Police raided nine addresses in Liverpool over the weekend and took computers, paperwork and equipment linked to Morecambe Bay cockle-hunting.

They think the gangs are 'snakeheads' - criminals from China.

Lancashire Police's Deputy Chief Constable Steve Finnigan said the inquiry would be "truly massive".

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