Police arrest man over deaths of 39 Vietnamese lorry migrants in Essex, UK

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A 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been arrested by police as part of their inquiry into the deaths of the 39 Vietnamese migrants found in a lorry trailer in Essex earlier this month.

Thames Valley Police made the arrest. In a statement Essex Police said: “He was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and remains in custody.”

The man was arrested on a motorway in Beaconsfield, a town 25 miles west of London, the statement said.

The truck driver, who is also from Northern Ireland, has been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, and money laundering.

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Shirin Aguiar