UK police arrest man in enquiry over Vietnamese truck deaths

UK police arrest man in enquiry over Vietnamese truck deaths

Candles are lit during a prayer for 39 people found dead in the back of a truck near London, in fro
FILE PHOTO: Candles are lit during a prayer for 39 people found dead in the back of a truck near London, in front of Hanoi Cathedral in Hanoi, Vietnam October 27, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

LONDON: British police arrested a 23-year old man from Northern Ireland on Friday (Nov 22) as part of their enquiry into the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in the back of a truck near London last month.

"He was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and remains in custody," Essex Police said in a statement.

The man was arrested on a motorway in Beaconsfield, a town 40km west of London, the statement said.

The victims - 31 males and eight women - were found in a truck container on an industrial estate in Grays, Essex, not far from docks on the River Thames, on Oct 23.

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

A second man has been charged with the same offences and British authorities are trying to extradite him from Dublin.

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Police have also been looking for two brothers from Northern Ireland. Police in Vietnam have arrested 10 people there in connection with the deaths.

Source: Reuters

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