The lorry in which the bodies of 39 Vietnamese migrants were found last month. Pic: Twitter

POLICE have arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of the manslaughter of 39 migrants found in a lorry in Essex last month.

The man from Purfleet, Essex, is also being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.

Police have also launched proceedings in Ireland to extradite Eamonn Harrison, 22, from Mayobridge in Newry, Co Down, to the UK.

And detectives have urged Ronan Hughes, 40, and his brother Christopher, 34, from Armagh, Northern Ireland, to hand themselves in. They are wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking.

Another man Maurice Robinson, 25, pleaded guilty yesterday to a charge of plotting to assist illegal immigration between May 1 2018 and October 24 2019.

Meanwhile, Christopher Kennedy, of Darkley, County Armagh, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with human trafficking.

The bodies of 31 Vietnamese men and eight women, including two teenagers, were found in the back of a refrigerated lorry at Waterglade industrial park in Grays, Essex, on October 23, shortly after it arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.



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Shirin Aguiar


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