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UK News UK police charge man with human trafficking offences in Vietnamese truck deaths inquiry

14:06  24 november  2019
14:06  24 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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LONDON (Reuters) - British police have charged a 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland with human trafficking offenses as part of their inquiry into the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in the back of a truck near London last month. The police said in a statement that Christopher Kennedy

British police have charged a 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland with human trafficking offences as part of their inquiry into the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in the back of a truck near London last month. The police said in a statement that Christopher Kennedy was arrested on Friday

a fire truck is parked on the side of a road: FILE PHOTO: The scene where bodies were discovered in a lorry container, in Grays, Essex © Reuters/Hannah Mckay FILE PHOTO: The scene where bodies were discovered in a lorry container, in Grays, Essex

LONDON (Reuters) - British police have charged a 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland with human trafficking offences as part of their inquiry into the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in the back of a truck near London last month.

The police said in a statement that Christopher Kennedy was arrested on Friday, Nov. 22, and that he is due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court in England on Monday.

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, it said.

The victims, 31 males and eight women, were found in a truck container on an industrial estate in Grays, Essex, not far from docks on the River Thames, on Oct. 23.

The truck driver, who is also from Northern Ireland, has been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, and money laundering.

(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Emelia Sithole-Matarise)

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