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David Morris MP asks if cockle death trio were deported

Morecambe Bay cockling tragedy memorial Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Twenty-three Chinese cockle pickers died 10 years ago at Morecambe Bay

The government is being urged to disclose if three people jailed for their part in the 2004 Morecambe Bay cockle pickers disaster were deported.

Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris (Conservative) has tabled a Commons motion, also demanding to know if any of the defendants are in jail in China.

Lin Liang Ren, Lin Mu Yong and Zhao Xiao Qing were jailed in 2006 following the tragedy which claimed 23 lives.

Mr Morris said the people of Morecambe needed to know what happened to them.

Mr Morris's motion reads: "That this House notes that Lin Liang Ren, Lin Mu Yong and Zhao Xiao Qing were all convicted for their involvement in the Morecambe Bay cockle pickers' disaster; further notes that the 10th anniversary of the disaster is in February 2014; considers that the people of Morecambe deserve to know how many years each served in prison in the UK; and further considers that the people of Morecambe deserve to know when they were deported and whether they are currently incarcerated in their native China."

Gangmaster Lin Liang Ren, now 39, who was living at Lemon Street in Kirkdale, Liverpool, at the time of the tragedy, was jailed for 14 years at Preston Crown Court in 2006 on 21 counts of manslaughter but is thought to have been deported in 2012 after serving less than half his sentence.

His girlfriend Zhao Xiao Qing, now 31, also of Lemon Street, and cousin Lin Mu Yong, now 41, who lived in Jason Street, Everton, were released in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

Zhao Xiao Qing and Lin Mu Yong were found guilty of helping people breach immigration law and Ren and Qing were found guilty of three charges of perverting the course of justice.

The Ministry of Justice said it did not comment on individual cases.

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