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British police arrest more suspects over truck deaths

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Published on October 25, 2019 - Duration: 02:00s

British police arrest more suspects over truck deaths

Police investigating the deaths of 39 people in a truck near London said they had arrested three more suspects on Friday on suspicion of human trafficking amid signs that some of the dead may be Vietnamese.

Yahaira Jacquez reports.

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British police arrest more suspects over truck deaths

British police on Friday said they arrested more suspects in connection with the deaths of 39 people found in a truck in Essex earlier this week.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DEPUTY CHIEF CONSTABLE, PIPPA MILLS, SAYING: ''We have now arrested a fourth person.

A 48-year-old man from Northern Ireland was arrested at Stansted Airport earlier today on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and on suspicion of manslaughter." This follows the arrest of a 38-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman detained in northwest England on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and manslaughter.

And police said they are still questioning the 25-year-old truck driver on suspicion of murder after the bodies were found in the back of his vehicle.

Essex Police Deputy chief constable Pippa Mills on Friday also addressed the issues surrounding the nationalities of the 39 people amid growing speculation that at least 10 could be from Vietnam after the Vietnamese embassy in London said families had gotten in touch about missing relatives.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) DEPUTY CHIEF CONSTABLE, PIPPA MILLS, SAYING: "We owe it to those that died to get this investigation right and speculation is not helpful, it may in fact help hinder our investigation and it's progress.

The force will not be commenting on any speculation about the nationalities of those who have tragically lost their lives." Mills said they would not give any more details about the identities or nationalities of the victims until the formal identification process was complete.

Police have said they believe the dead were Chinese but Beijing said the nationalities had not yet been confirmed.

The truck had traveled to Britain from a port town in Belgium, but the town's chairman said he believes the victims died in the vehicle prior to that journey.

The deceased - 31 men and eight women - are being moved to a hospital mortuary, where forensic experts will try to identify them, a process police warned would be a lengthy.

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