Man, 22, arrested in Ireland over 39 trafficking deaths in Britain

Man, 22, arrested in Ireland over 39 trafficking deaths in Britain

Police activity at the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex, after 39 bodies were found inside a lorry container on the industrial estate.

A second Northern Irishman is charged with multiple counts of manslaughter in relation to the discovery of 39 bodies in a truck near London last week, Essex Police has said.

It has not yet been confirmed how numerous Vietnamese nationals reported missing were among those connected to the Essex lorry deaths.

All 39 people found dead in a refrigerated container truck in England last week were Vietnamese nationals, British police said Friday, as three more people were arrested in Ireland and Vietnam in the sprawling worldwide investigation into what appears to be a people-smuggling tragedy.

Detectives initially said the victims discovered near the port of Purfleet were from China.

On Sunday, a delegation of Vietnamese diplomats and police left for the United Kingdom where they were expected to meet their British counterparts, Vietnam's official government website said.

British authorities will investigate the crimes of people directly involved in the deaths of 39 victims, while Vietnam will handle labor brokers in Vietnam, Nguyen Huu Cau, director of the Nghe An Police Department, told the press in Hanoi on Monday.

Police on Friday urged two brothers to contact them over suspected links to the lorry container in which 39 migrants were found dead in the English county of Essex on Oct 23.

In Vietnam police have arrested two people over people smuggling.

They were accused of "organising and brokering for other people to go overseas and stay overseas illegally", the report said.

British police have also said they want to talk to Ronan and Christopher Hughes, two brothers in the Northern Ireland transport business.

The embassy added that it will "closely co-ordinate with the relevant authorities of Vietnam and [the] United Kingdom to support the families of the Vietnamese victims, if any, to bring their loved ones home", PA said.

DCI Stoten confirmed they have already spoken to Ronan Hughes directly by phone, but said both brothers are required in person for the investigation to proceed.

Police believe the brothers are now in Northern Ireland but said they have links to the Irish Republic.

In Dublin, another Northern Irishman appeared at Ireland's High Court for the start of extradition proceedings to bring him to Britain in connection with the incident.

"Eamon Harrison, 23, of Mayobridge, [Co Down] Northern Ireland, is charged with 39 offenses of manslaughter, as well as human trafficking and immigration offenses".

Vietnamese police had arrested two suspects in connection to the deaths on Friday.

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