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Man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in connection with Essex lorry incident

The man, from Purfleet, Essex, was arrested this morning at a property in Dalston, east London.

Candles laid out for the mass prayer and vigil for the 39 victims.
Candles laid out for the mass prayer and vigil for the 39 victims.
Image: Yui Mok

A 36-YEAR-old man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people in a lorry trailer found in Grays, Essex.

The man, from Purfleet, Essex, was arrested this morning at a property in Dalston, east London, Essex Police said.

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

Ten teenagers, including two 15-year-old boys, were among the 39 people whose bodies were discovered in the trailer in the early hours of October 23.

Emergency services were called to an industrial estate in Grays shortly after the lorry arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.

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