Man arrested in connection with Essex lorry deaths

National Crime Agency officers have arrested a man wanted in connection with the smuggling of migrants found dead in a lorry in Essex in October 2019

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A man’s been arrested – in connection with the smuggling of migrants found dead in a lorry in Essex in 2019.

The Vietnamese national was detained at a supermarket petrol station just off the A66 in Middlesbrough this afternoon.

He is wanted by the Belgian authorities who allege he was a member of a people smuggling network moving migrants through Belgium and France and into the UK in the back of lorries.

He is suspected of running safe houses in Brussels where the migrants stayed before their fatal journey.

He is also accused of organising their onward transport in taxis to the collection point in France where they were stowed in the rear of the refrigerated lorry.

A Belgian investigating magistrate issued an arrest warrant in December, suspecting that he was now in the UK and had links to the Birmingham area.

However NCA investigators were able to track him down to a location in Middlesbrough where he was detained today, in an operation supported by the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU).

He will now appear before Westminster Magistrates where extradition proceedings will begin.

The NCA’s Head of Organised Immigration Crime Operations, Miles Bonfield, said:

“This is another significant arrest in terms of the identifying those involved in the events which led to the tragic deaths of those 39 migrants.

“The individual detained today is suspected by the Belgian authorities of having played a key role in placing at least ten migrants inside that lorry.

“Working closely with partners in the UK, Europe and beyond we are determined to do all we can to get justice for the families of those who died, and disrupt and dismantle the cruel organised criminal networks involved in people smuggling.”

Earlier this year seven people were given jail terms totalling more than 92 years for their roles in the events which led to the Essex deaths, including four men who were found guilty of manslaughter.

This followed an extensive investigation led by Essex Police and supported by the NCA.

Another Vietnamese national, a man known as Ngo Sy Tai, was arrested by the NCA in December 2020 – he is also wanted by the Belgian authorities for his role in smuggling the victims.

He awaits extradition.

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A man has been arrested at a supermarket petrol station in connection with the investigation into the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in a refrigerated container near the Dartford Crossing.[1][2]

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said that the Vietnamese national, who is not being named, was detained at the site just off the A66 in Middlesborough at about 1pm on Thursday (June 17).

He is wanted by the Belgian authorities, who allege he was a member of a -smuggling network moving people through Belgium and France and into the UK in the back of lorries.

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He is suspected of running safe houses in Brussels, where the victims stayed before their fatal journey.

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He is also accused of organising their onward transport in taxis to the collection point in France, where they were stowed in the rear of the refrigerated lorry.

The bodies of the 39 Vietnamese nationals were discovered at an industrial estate in Grays in Essex,[7] shortly after the container arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium in the early hours of October 23, 2019.

Among the men, women and children were 10 teenagers, two of them 15-year-old boys.

The 39 Vietnamese migrants, aged between 15 and 44, who were found dead in the back of a trailer in Essex on October 23, 2019
The 39 Vietnamese people, aged between 15 and 44, who were found dead in the back of a trailer in Essex on October 23, 2019 (Image: PA)

A Belgian investigating magistrate issued an arrest warrant in December, suspecting that the man was now in the UK and had links to the Birmingham area.

However NCA investigators were able to track him down to a location in Middlesbrough where he was detained on Thursday, in an operation supported by the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU).

He is expected to appear before Westminster Magistrates on Friday where extradition proceedings will begin.

Miles Bonfield, the NCA’s head of organised immigration crime operations, said: “This is another significant arrest in terms of identifying those involved in the events which led to the tragic deaths of those 39 migrants.

“The individual detained today is suspected by the Belgian authorities of having played a key role in placing at least 10 migrants inside that lorry.

“Working closely with partners in the UK, Europe and beyond we are determined to do all we can to get justice for the families of those who died, and disrupt and dismantle the cruel organised criminal networks involved in people-smuggling.”

Earlier this year seven people were given jail terms totalling more than 92 years for their roles in the events which led to the Essex deaths, including four men who were found guilty of manslaughter.

This followed an investigation led by Essex Police and supported by the NCA.

Another Vietnamese national, a man known as Ngo Sy Tai, was arrested by the NCA in December 2020.

He is also wanted by the Belgian authorities for his alleged role in smuggling the victims.

He awaits extradition.

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Man arrested at petrol station in connection with Essex lorry deaths | ITV News

A man has been arrested at a petrol station in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in a lorry in Essex[1].

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said that the Vietnamese national, who is not being named, was detained at about 1pm this afternoon (June 17). 

He is suspected of running safe houses in Brussels, where the migrants stayed before their fatal journey. He is also accused of organising transport in taxis to their collection point in France. 

Earlier this year people smuggling ringleaders responsible for manslaughter were spared life sentences[2] and just last week a man in Italy was also arrested for his alleged involvement[3].

The victims, Vietnamese men, woman and children, had hoped for a better life in Britain when they agreed to pay up to £13,000 a head for a “VIP” smuggling service.



The man arrested today is wanted by the Belgian authorities, who allege he is involved in a network, moving migrants through Belgium and France and into the UK in the back of lorries.

Man arrested in Teesside over tragic death of 39 migrants found in Essex lorry

NATIONAL Crime Agency officers have arrested a man in Middlesbrough wanted in connection with the smuggling of migrants found dead in a lorry in Essex in October 2019.

The Vietnamese national, who at this stage is not being named, was detained at a supermarket petrol station just off the A66 in Middlesbrough around 1pm this afternoon.

He is wanted by the Belgian authorities who allege he was a member of a people smuggling network moving migrants through Belgium and France and into the UK in the back of lorries.

He is suspected of running safe houses in Brussels where the migrants stayed before their fatal journey.

He is also accused of organising their onward transport in taxis to the collection point in France where they were stowed in the rear of the refrigerated lorry.

A Belgian investigating magistrate issued an arrest warrant in December, suspecting that he was now in the UK and had links to the Birmingham area.

However NCA investigators were able to track him down to a location in Middlesbrough where he was detained today, in an operation supported by the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU).

He will now appear before Westminster Magistrates where extradition proceedings will begin.

The NCA’s Head of Organised Immigration Crime Operations, Miles Bonfield, said: “This is another significant arrest in terms of the identifying those involved in the events which led to the tragic deaths of those 39 migrants.

“The individual detained today is suspected by the Belgian authorities of having played a key role in placing at least ten migrants inside that lorry.

“Working closely with partners in the UK, Europe and beyond we are determined to do all we can to get justice for the families of those who died, and disrupt and dismantle the cruel organised criminal networks involved in people smuggling.”

Earlier this year seven people were given jail terms totalling more than 92 years for their roles in the events which led to the Essex deaths, including four men who were found guilty of manslaughter.

This followed an extensive investigation led by Essex Police and supported by the NCA.

Another Vietnamese national, a man known as Ngo Sy Tai, was arrested by the NCA in December 2020 – he is also wanted by the Belgian authorities for his role in smuggling the victims.

He awaits extradition.

People smuggling suspect wanted in connection with Essex lorry deaths arrested

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National Crime Agency officers have arrested a man wanted in connection with the smuggling of migrants found dead in a lorry in Grays in October 2019.

The Vietnamese national, who at this stage is not being named, was detained at a supermarket petrol station just off the A66 in Middlesbrough around 1pm this afternoon (June 17).

He is wanted by the Belgian authorities who allege he was a member of a people smuggling network moving migrants through Belgium and France and into the UK in the back of lorries.

He is suspected of running safe houses in Brussels where the migrants stayed before their fatal journey. He is also accused of organising their onward transport in taxis to the collection point in France where they were stowed in the rear of the refrigerated lorry.

A Belgian investigating magistrate issued an arrest warrant in December, suspecting that he was now in the UK and had links to the Birmingham area.

However NCA investigators were able to track him down to a location in Middlesbrough where he was detained today, in an operation supported by the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU).

He will now appear before Westminster Magistrates where extradition proceedings will begin.

The NCA’s head of organised immigration crime operations, Miles Bonfield, said: “This is another significant arrest in terms of the identifying those involved in the events which led to the tragic deaths of those 39 migrants.

“The individual detained today is suspected by the Belgian authorities of having played a key role in placing at least ten migrants inside that lorry.

“Working closely with partners in the UK, Europe and beyond we are determined to do all we can to get justice for the families of those who died, and disrupt and dismantle the cruel organised criminal networks involved in people smuggling.”

Earlier this year seven people were given jail terms totalling more than 92 years for their roles in the events which led to the Essex deaths, including four men who were found guilty of manslaughter. This followed an extensive investigation led by Essex Police and supported by the NCA.

Another Vietnamese national, a man known as Ngo Sy Tai, was arrested by the NCA in December 2020 – he is also wanted by the Belgian authorities for his role in smuggling the victims. He awaits extradition.

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Man arrested at petrol station in connection with deaths of 39 migrants

A man has been arrested at a supermarket petrol station in Middlesbrough in connection with the investigation into the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in a refrigerated container in Essex in 2019.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said that the Vietnamese national, who is not being named, was detained at the site just off the A66 at about 1pm on Thursday.

He is wanted by the Belgian authorities, who allege he was a member of a people-smuggling network moving migrants through Belgium and France and into the UK in the back of lorries.

He is suspected of running safe houses in Brussels, where the migrants stayed before their fatal journey.

He is also accused of organising their onward transport in taxis to the collection point in France, where they were stowed in the rear of the refrigerated lorry.

The bodies of the 39 Vietnamese nationals were discovered at an industrial estate in Grays in Essex, shortly after the container arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium in the early hours of October 23 2019.

Among the men, women and children were 10 teenagers, two of them 15-year-old boys.

A Belgian investigating magistrate issued an arrest warrant in December, suspecting that the man was now in the UK and had links to the Birmingham area.

However NCA investigators were able to track him down to a location in Middlesbrough where he was detained on Thursday, in an operation supported by the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU).

He is expected to appear before Westminster Magistrates on Friday where extradition proceedings will begin.

Miles Bonfield, the NCA’s head of organised immigration crime operations, said: “This is another significant arrest in terms of identifying those involved in the events which led to the tragic deaths of those 39 migrants.

“The individual detained today is suspected by the Belgian authorities of having played a key role in placing at least 10 migrants inside that lorry.

“Working closely with partners in the UK, Europe and beyond we are determined to do all we can to get justice for the families of those who died, and disrupt and dismantle the cruel organised criminal networks involved in people-smuggling.”

Earlier this year seven people were given jail terms totalling more than 92 years for their roles in the events which led to the Essex deaths, including four men who were found guilty of manslaughter.

This followed an investigation led by Essex Police and supported by the NCA.

Another Vietnamese national, a man known as Ngo Sy Tai, was arrested by the NCA in December 2020.

He is also wanted by the Belgian authorities for his alleged role in smuggling the victims.

He awaits extradition.

Vietnamese national arrested by NCA investigating Essex migrant deaths

National Crime[1] Agency officers have arrested a man ‘wanted in connection’ with a migrant smuggling operation that lead to the death of 39 people.

The Vietnamese national was detained at a supermarket petrol station just off the A66 in Middlesbrough at around 1pm today(Thursday).

The arrest is part of an investigation into the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants found in a lorry in Essex in October 2019.

The NCA says the suspect “is wanted by the Belgian authorities who allege he was a member of a people smuggling network moving migrants through Belgium and France and into the UK in the back of lorries”.

They added: “He is suspected of running safe houses in Brussels where the migrants stayed before their fatal journey. He is also accused of organising their onward transport in taxis to the collection point in France where they were stowed in the rear of the refrigerated lorry.

“A Belgian investigating magistrate issued an arrest warrant in December, suspecting that he was now in the UK and had links to the Birmingham area.”

The NCA said its investigators were able to track the man down to a location in Middlesbrough where he was detained today, in an operation supported by the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU).

They added that he will now appear before Westminster Magistrates where extradition proceedings will begin.

The NCA’s Head of Organised Immigration Crime Operations, Miles Bonfield, said: “This is another significant arrest in terms of the identifying those involved in the events which led to the tragic deaths of those 39 migrants.

“The individual detained today is suspected by the Belgian authorities of having played a key role in placing at least ten migrants inside that lorry.

“Working closely with partners in the UK, Europe and beyond we are determined to do all we can to get justice for the families of those who died, and disrupt and dismantle the cruel organised criminal networks involved in people smuggling.”

Earlier this year seven people were given jail terms totalling more than 92 years for their roles in the events which led to the Essex deaths, including four men who were found guilty of manslaughter. This followed an extensive investigation led by Essex Police and supported by the NCA.

Another Vietnamese national, a man known as Ngo Sy Tai, was arrested by the NCA in December 2020 – he is also wanted by the Belgian authorities for his role in smuggling the victims. He awaits extradition.

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