Man arrested in NI over Afghans found in container

Tuesday 19 August 2014 22.21
A group of Afghan sikhs from Kabul were found in the container at Tilbury Docks
A group of Afghan sikhs from Kabul were found in the container at Tilbury Docks

Police in the UK have arrested a man over the death of an immigrant found in a container at Tilbury Docks in Essex.

The 34-year-old, from Limavady, Northern Ireland, was arrested just after midday at Banbridge, Co Down.

He is being held on suspicion of manslaughter and facilitating illegal entry into the UK and is expected to be brought to Essex to be questioned by police there.

Meet Singh Kapoor, 40, from Afghanistan, was found dead inside the container in Essex on Saturday.

He was one of 35 men, women and children found in the container, which arrived at the Essex port from Belgium.

They are all Afghan Sikhs from Kabul.

It is thought they had travelled by lorry from Afghanistan before spending 18 hours inside the container as it travelled from Zeebrugge.

The survivors are in the care of Britain's Home Office after being interviewed by police and are in the process of applying for asylum in the UK.

Acting Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, of Essex Police, said: "This is a fast-moving investigation which has already involved a number of police forces and law enforcement agencies from across the United Kingdom and Europe.

"I am very grateful to officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland for their assistance this morning.

"We will continue to work closely with all of our policing colleagues as we pursue our investigation to bring those responsible for this crime to justice."