PSNI detectives assisting Essex Police and other agencies in the investigation into the Port of Tilbury container tragedy last weekend arrested a 34-year-old man near Banbridge this morning (Tuesday).
The suspect was arrested after police stopped a vehicle on the A1.
Last Saturday, 35 people, including a 40-year-old man who died, were discovered in a container shipped from Zeebrugge in Belgium to Tilbury.
The 34 surviving men, women and children, believed to be from Afghanistan, have been discharged from hospital into the care of Home Office officials.
The arrest, on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to facilitate unlawful immigration into the UK, was made by detectives from PSNI’s Organised Crime Branch. Searches at a number of properties were also carried out.
The suspect has been taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station before being transferred to Essex for questioning. A number of Essex police officers have travelled to Northern Ireland as part of the investigation.
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