THERE has been another arrest in connection to the deaths of 39 migrants found in the back of a lorry container in Essex last month.
A 36-year-old man from Purfleet, Essex was taken into custody in Dalston, east London on Monday.
He's reportedly being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration, as well as on suspicion of manslaughter.
The arrest came just hours after Northern Irishman Mo Robinson pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to assist unlawful immigration between 1 May 2018 and 24 October 2019 at the Old Bailey.
He spoke, via video link, to confirm his identity, nationality and his guilty plea, but said nothing else. He was not asked for a plea regarding the charges of manslaughter.
Robinson, from Co. Armagh, was the driver of the lorry in question and is believed to have contacted police after discovering that the 39 migrants, all from Vietnam, had died in the back of his lorry during transit.
Of the 39 migrants, eight were women and two were 15-year-old boys.
Another man, Christopher Kennedy, of Darkley, County Armagh, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on Monday charged with human trafficking offences, though no pleas have been entered as of yet.
Meanwhile, Eamonn Harrison, 22, from Mayobridge, Northern Ireland, is in custody in Dublin and is awaiting extradition to the UK after a European Arrest Warrant was issued.