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Tilbury docks: Second Northern Ireland suspect is arrested over immigrant's death in shipping container

By Eamonn MacDermott

A second man from Northern Ireland is being questioned about the death of an illegal immigrant found in a container at docks in England.

The 33-year-old, from Co Londonderry, voluntarily handed himself in to police in Essex and was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and people trafficking.

It is the second arrest in connection with the discovery of 35 illegal immigrants in the container at Tilbury docks. On Tuesday a 34-year-old man with an address in Limavady was arrested on the A1 outside Banbridge.

The man was due to be questioned by police in Essex last night. He has an address in Rose Park in Limavady, which was searched by police on Tuesday, although reports suggest he is a native of Carndonagh in Co Donegal. He is believed to be involved in the trucking business.

Locals in the suburban cul de sac yesterday said he was living in rented accommodation. One man said: "We all tend to keep ourselves to ourselves around here but I have to say we were shocked when the police arrived and searched the house.

"When you hear about people trafficking you think it is something happened far away, but then something like this and it brings it right home."

Another neighbour said: "We never expected anything like that around here."

Meet Singh Kapoor (40) from Afghanistan was found dead inside the container at Tilbury on Saturday. There were 34 survivors in the group of Sikhs, including 13 children.

They were discovered after dock workers heard banging and screaming coming from the container.

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