Man, 23, from Northern Ireland is arrested on the M40 by police probing deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in lorry container
- Man, 23, was arrested by Thames Valley Police on the M40 near Beaconsfield
- In connection with the discovery of 39 bodies in Grays, Essex on October 23
- Driver Mo Robinson has already been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter
- Eamonn Harrison facing same charges after allegedly driving lorry in Belgium
A man from Northern Ireland has been arrested by police investigating the deaths of 39 migrants whose bodies were found in a refrigerated lorry container in Essex.
The man, 23, was held on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.
He was arrested by Thames Valley Police on the M40, near Beaconsfield in the early hours of Friday morning and remains in custody, Essex Police said.
The bodies of 39 Vietnamese nationals, including two 15-year-old boys, were found in the trailer in an industrial park in Grays, in the early hours of October 23.
The lorry had earlier arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge, in Belgium.
A 23-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of 39 migrants who were found dead in a refrigerated lorry container in Essex (pictured)
Essex Police said in a statement: ‘A 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland was arrested by officers from Thames Valley Police on behalf of Essex Police in the early hours of this morning on the M40 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, in connection with our enquiry into the deaths of 39 Vietnamese nationals in a lorry trailer found in Grays on October 23.
‘He was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration, and remains in custody.’
The driver of the lorry, Mo Robinson, 25, has already been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.
Eamonn Harrison, 22, is also facing charges of 39 counts of manslaughter, one count of a human trafficking offence and one count of assisting unlawful immigration.
Harrison drove the lorry used to deliver a container to the port in Zeebrugge and was identified as the driver on CCTV in Belgium, a court heard.
Mr Harrison signed the shipping notice for the container, which was later found in Essex with the bodies of 39 people inside.
Detectives are also hunting Ronan Hughes, 40, and his brother Christopher, 34, who are said to have links with the road haulage and shipping industries.
The victims included (top row, left to right) Pham Tra My, 26, Anna Bui Thi Nhung, 19, Nguyen Huy Hung, 15, and (middle row, left to right) Nguyen Dinh Lurong, 20, Vo Ngoc Nam, 28, Hoang Van Tiep, 18, and (bottom row, left to right) Nguyen Dinh Tu, 26, Nguyen van Hung, 33, and Le Van Ha, 30