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Essex lorry deaths: Man from Northern Ireland arrested in London

The container lorry where 39 Vietnamese people were found dead in an Essex industrial estate last month. Picture by Aaron Chown, Press Association

A 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been arrested in connection with the investigation into the deaths of 39 migrants who were found dead in a refrigerated lorry container in Essex.

Police confirmed that the man was arrested in the early hours of this morning on the M40 motorway in Beaconsfield, around 20 miles west of London.

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

The bodies of 31 men and eight women were found in the early hours of October 23 in a refrigerated trailer attached to a lorry in an industrial park in Essex last month.

Mo Robinson (25), of Laurelvale, Co Armagh, has already appeared in court in England to face charges including 39 counts of manslaughter.

Essex Police have also started extradition proceedings to bring 22-year-old Eamonn Harrison, from Mayobridge in Co Down, to the UK.

Three other people - a 38-year-old man, a 38-year-old woman, and a 46 year-old man - have been arrested in connection with the investigation.

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