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cockle

1. a dermatitis of sheep consisting of inflammatory nodules, especially on the neck and shoulders. The cause is thought to be parasitic.
2. see agrostemma.
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The van, with cockle-picking gear in the back, is believed to have been abandoned as the tragedy unfolded.
The Chinese people were arrested Morecambe, Lancashire, after they were allegedly involved in illegal cockle-picking on the sands at Morecambe Bay.
The North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NEIFCA) has rushed through an emergency fisheries bylaw to put an immediate halt to the cockle-picking after receiving an anonymous tip-off.
Safety campaigners said the latest incident highlighted yet again the need for better regulation of the cockle-picking industry in Morecambe Bay.
A SURVIVOR of the cockle-picking tragedy has told how she was threatened with rape unless she worked on Morecambe Bay's dangerous sands.
SWIFT action by all authorities to halt cockle-picking on the North-east coast is to be much welcomed today.
SHOULDERS bowed with weariness, four teenagers from Liverpool trudge homeward after a back-breaking day cockle-picking on a treacherous Welsh estuary.
Unable to claim benefits or find any other means of support, the workers are forced into the clutches of ruthless gang masters who run the cockle-picking operation in Morecambe Bay.
A number of bodies are still missing following the 2004 cockle-picking tragedy and a helicopter crash four years ago.
And 21 illegal Chinese immigrants, allegedly working for Liverpool-based gangmasters, died early last year while cockle-picking on the lethal sands of Morecambe Bay.
As for the cockle-picking jobs in sunny Morecambe - well, those poor Chinese souls - many who lost their lives - were employed illegally and were being exploited.
That comes from some of the illegal gang masters who employ these people cockle-picking.