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Tilbury container tragedy: Man (35) arrested near Banbridge

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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