Man arrested over 39 dead bodies found in lorry
Man arrested over 39 dead bodies found in lorry

A man from Northern Ireland has been arrested in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese nationals in a lorry trailer in Essex last month.

Police said he was arrested on Monday morning at a property in Dalston, east London.

He was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration. He remains in custody for questioning.

Eight females and 31 males were found in the trailer early on October 23 at an industrial park.

The people were identified as coming from various provinces of Vietnam, with the youngest being two boys aged 15. Emergency services were called to an industrial estate in Grays shortly after the lorry arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.

On Monday, a lorry driver charged with manslaughter pleaded guilty to plotting to assist illegal immigration.

Maurice Robinson appeared at the Old Bailey in London via video link from Belmarsh prison for a plea hearing. He spoke to confirm his identity and British nationality.

He admitted conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration between 1 May 2018 and 24 October 2019.

Police in Vietnam have arrested eight people suspected of being part of a ring responsible for smuggling Vietnamese people to Britain.

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