Police manhunt in Northern Ireland over Essex lorry deaths
A 25 year old driver from Northern Ireland was charged and appeared in court facing a long list of charges including 39 counts of manslaughter, people trafficking and charges in connection to organised crime, illegal goods and conspiracy to trafficking, after the Balkan mafia were suspected of running a global people trafficking and slavery ring connected to 39 dead bodies discovered, dumped in a refrigerated lorry in Essex, outside of London this month.
Following three more arrests in England and investigations Belgium, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Bulgaria Police are now hunting two brothers from Northern Ireland.
The bothers, 34 and 40, from Northern Ireland are wanted on suspicion of human trafficking. It is believed that the bothers may have fled Northern Ireland into the Republic of Ireland.
The three from England who were arrested have been released on bail. The driver who bus suspected of bringing the container part of the lorry to Belgium was also arrested in Dublin on additional unrelated charges.
The container was registered in Bulgaria to an Irish Company. The container was driven to Belgium before crossing into England.
The truck part of the container was driven from Ireland to Wales and across England before picking up the container in Essex, where the bodies were dumped last Wednesday.
The global trafficking ring behind the bust has connections across the EU, Balkans and Asia.
The victims are believed to be of East Asian origins.
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