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Donegal man arrested in connection with death of man in shipping container in UK

Second man from Northern Ireland has been arrested this evening

Greg Harkin

Published 20/08/2014 | 15:45

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A group of Police Officers stand by the main entrance to Tilbury Docks in Essex, where a shipping container was found with 31 illegal immigrants were found inside with one dead and the rest ill and taken to hospital. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 16, 2014. See PA story POLICE Container. Photo credit should read: John Stillwell/PA Wire
A group of Police Officers stand by the main entrance to Tilbury Docks in Essex, where the shipping container was found

A man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in connection with the death of a man inside a shipping container in England from Co Donegal.

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The 34 year old, who is from Carndonagh in Inishowen was arrested by the PSNI on the A1 in Co Down yesterday on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry into the UK.

The arrest followed an incident in which 35 people from Afghanistan, including 15 children, were found at Tilbury Docks in Essex on Saturday.

The group arrived in the UK on a ship from Belgium and were said by police to be victims of people trafficking.

They were discovered after dock workers heard screams and banging coming from one of the containers.

Essex Police named the dead man as 40-year-old Meet Singh Kapoor.

The 34 survivors include 10 men, nine women and the 15 children, with their ages ranging from one to 72.

They are all in the care of the UK Home Office after being questioned by police and are seeking asylum in the UK.

A police spokesman said the man was arrested at just after noon yesterday on the main Dublin to Belfast A1 at Banbridge in County Down.

The suspect had been living for the past couple of years in Limavady, Co Derry.

However he is originally from Carndonagh.

This evening police have confirmed that a second man from Northern Ireland has been arrested in connection with the incident.

The 33-year-old from Derry was arrested shortly after 1pm today after voluntarily attending a police station in Essex, police said.

He has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and facilitating illegal entry into the United Kingdom in connection with the police investigation into the death of a man found in a container on Saturday.

Police said he will be questioned by detectives later today.

The man arrested in Northern Ireland yesterday is not due to arrive in Essex Police custody until late this evening, the force added.

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