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UK migrant truck death: Arrests in Ireland and Vietnam

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Two people were arrested in Vietnam and one in Ireland as the UK probes deaths of 39 migrants discovered in Essex. All victims are now believed to be Vietnamese. Police called on two haulier brothers to come forward.

Dublin’s High Court on Friday remanded a 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland, pending possible extradition to Britain, over bodies found in a refrigerated truck near London on October 23.

Police in Vietnam, where many of the victims are thought to have originated, on Friday said they had detained two persons and summoned others for questioning.

Police in the English county of Essex, meanwhile, urged two hauliers — identified as Ronan and Christopher Hughes from Northern Ireland — to help in the probe.

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“We urge anyone who has been in contact with them or has any information about where they are to get in contact with us,” said leading Essex detective Dan Stoten.

The alleged driver of the truck,  a 25-year-old from Northern Ireland, has already been charged over the deaths. He faces 39 counts of manslaughter as well as human trafficking and immigration offenses.

Identification still awaited

The bodies of eight women and 31 men were found west of London inside a container that had arrived in Britain from Zeebrugge in Belgium.

Autopsies have been carried out, but no identities or formal causes of death have been published by British authorities.

On Friday, UK police said they believe all of the victims were Vietnamese nationals.



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