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Armagh man (23) charged in connection with 39 lorry deaths in Essex

An Armagh man been charged with human trafficking offences after the bodies of 39 people were found in a lorry in Grays, Essex last month.

Christopher Kennedy, from Armagh, is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Monday November 25.

The 23-year-old was arrested in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire on Friday November 22 in connection with Essex Police’s enquiry into the deaths of the 39 Vietnamese nationals.

Kennedy has an address in the Corkley Road area of Tassagh, is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Monday 25 November.

The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised charges of conspiracy to arrange or facilitate the travel of people with a view to exploitation and conspiracy to facilitate the commission of a breach of UK immigration law.

The bodies of eight women and 31 men were found in a refrigerated trailer attached to a lorry in an industrial park in Grays on October 23.

Detectives have urged Armagh brothers Ronan (40) and Christopher Hughes (34), said to have links with the road haulage and shipping industries, to hand themselves in for questioning.

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