Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

20.23 20 Apr 2020


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A man has been arrested by gardaí in relation to the deaths of 39 people in a lorry in Essex last October.

The man in his 40s was taken into custody on foot of a European Arrest Warrant issued by Essex Police.

Police in the UK say the man from Co Armagh has been charged with 39 offences of manslaughter, as well as immigration offences.

He's due to appear before the High Court tomorrow morning.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith, head of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “We have worked closely with the National Crime Agency and Crown Prosecution Service as well as police and prosecutors in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Germany and Vietnam.

“We are immensely grateful for the ongoing support for the investigation, and the victims and their families continue to be at the forefront of our thoughts.”

Earlier this month, a Northern Irish man pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the 39 people who were found dead in the back of a refrigerated container in England.

Emergency services discovered the bodies of the Vietnamese nationals at an industrial estate in Essex, shortly after the lorry arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium in the early hours of October 23rd last year.

Main image: A police forensic officer works at the scene where 39 bodies were found in a shipping container at Waterglade Industrial Park in Essex. Picture by: Ray Tang/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

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