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Sunday 4 December 2016

One of two bodies discovered in shipping crate identified as teenager

Alexander Britton

Published 22/01/2016 | 13:01

Officers discovered the bodies of two men believed to be migrants
Officers discovered the bodies of two men believed to be migrants

One of two bodies discovered in a shipping crate has been identified by police as belonging to an Afghan teenager.

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Police were called to boilermakers Ferroli in Lichfield Road, Branston, Staffordshire, on November 17 after staff noticed an unpleasant smell coming from the crate.

Officers discovered the bodies of two men believed to be migrants.

Following DNA analysis, Staffordshire Police have identified one of the bodies as belonging to Khalid Sorki, a teenager from the Taliban-controlled Turkmen Valley area of Afghanistan.

Police said Mr Sorki's family have been informed and arrangements are being made to repatriate the body.

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Detective Chief Inspector Dave Giles said: "We extend our condolences to Khalid's family. It is tragic that they lost a young member of their family in such circumstances although we are pleased to have been able to provide them with some answers as to what had happened to him.

"He is believed to be 16 or 17 years old. We will never know his exact age as in Afghanistan dates of birth do not hold the same significance as they do here."

Progress was being made in identifying the second male. Police said the crate was part of a consignment of commercial boilers which left Italy on October 5 and entered the UK via Dover ferry port on October 8.

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