Grays 39: International arrest warrant issued

The bodies were discovered in the lorry in the early hours of 23 October 2019

AN International Arrest warrant has been executed in Italy this afternoon, Thursday 10 June.

A 27-year-old man was detained by Italian authorities and officers from the National Crime Agency just outside Milan.

The arrest is in relation to our ongoing investigation into the deaths of 39 people who were discovered in a lorry trailer in Grays in October 2019.

The Crown Prosecution Service sought approval of the warrant on behalf of Essex Police.

Courts then granted the warrant, and Dragos Damian was able to be arrested today.

He has been charged with conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence. 

We await details of a court appearance in Italy.

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