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LIVE: Traffic stopped on M60 with major traffic delays after multi-vehicle crash

A section of the M60[1] has been closed following a collision involving multiple vehicles.

Traffic has been stopped on the M60 clockwise between junction 16 and 17 towards Swinton and Whitefield following the collision, traffic services say.

Traffic officers and recovery crews are on their way to the area.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police confirmed the collision had involved three vehicles, with one of them being a lorry.

The collision has led to a series of long delays, with traffic currently reportedly backed up to Junction 10 to Urmston[2].

Transport for Greater Manchester has advised that people use alternative routes in order to avoid the congestion.

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  2. ^ Urmston (www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk)

Man arrested following deaths of 39 people in lorry near Dartford Crossing

A man has been arrested at a supermarket petrol station in connection with the investigation into the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people found in a refrigerated container near the Dartford Crossing.[1][2]

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said that the Vietnamese national, who is not being named, was detained at the site just off the A66 in Middlesborough at about 1pm on Thursday (June 17).

He is wanted by the Belgian authorities, who allege he was a member of a -smuggling network moving people through Belgium and France and into the UK in the back of lorries.

READ MORE: Paedophile caught out when ordering sick images from printers[3]

He is suspected of running safe houses in Brussels, where the victims stayed before their fatal journey.

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He is also accused of organising their onward transport in taxis to the collection point in France, where they were stowed in the rear of the refrigerated lorry.

The bodies of the 39 Vietnamese nationals were discovered at an industrial estate in Grays in Essex,[7] shortly after the container arrived on a ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium in the early hours of October 23, 2019.

Among the men, women and children were 10 teenagers, two of them 15-year-old boys.

The 39 Vietnamese migrants, aged between 15 and 44, who were found dead in the back of a trailer in Essex on October 23, 2019
The 39 Vietnamese people, aged between 15 and 44, who were found dead in the back of a trailer in Essex on October 23, 2019 (Image: PA)

A Belgian investigating magistrate issued an arrest warrant in December, suspecting that the man was now in the UK and had links to the Birmingham area.

However NCA investigators were able to track him down to a location in Middlesbrough where he was detained on Thursday, in an operation supported by the North East Regional Special Operations Unit (NERSOU).

He is expected to appear before Westminster Magistrates on Friday where extradition proceedings will begin.

Miles Bonfield, the NCA’s head of organised immigration crime operations, said: “This is another significant arrest in terms of identifying those involved in the events which led to the tragic deaths of those 39 migrants.

“The individual detained today is suspected by the Belgian authorities of having played a key role in placing at least 10 migrants inside that lorry.

“Working closely with partners in the UK, Europe and beyond we are determined to do all we can to get justice for the families of those who died, and disrupt and dismantle the cruel organised criminal networks involved in people-smuggling.”

Earlier this year seven people were given jail terms totalling more than 92 years for their roles in the events which led to the Essex deaths, including four men who were found guilty of manslaughter.

This followed an investigation led by Essex Police and supported by the NCA.

Another Vietnamese national, a man known as Ngo Sy Tai, was arrested by the NCA in December 2020.

He is also wanted by the Belgian authorities for his alleged role in smuggling the victims.

He awaits extradition.

References

  1. ^ supermarket (www.kentlive.news)
  2. ^ Dartford Crossing. (www.kentlive.news)
  3. ^ Paedophile caught out when ordering sick images from printers (www.kentlive.news)
  4. ^ KentLive (www.kentlive.news)
  5. ^ press here (www.kentlive.news)
  6. ^ pressing here and signing in (reachplc.hub.loginradius.com)
  7. ^ 39 Vietnamese nationals were discovered at an industrial estate in Grays in Essex, (www.kentlive.news)

Boxer went from 2 years out of sport driving lorry for B&Q to becoming Olympian

Team GB’s Cheavon Clarke has been given more than enough signs that boxing possibly wasn’t for him – from almost dying twice to quitting the sport all together and becoming a lorry driver.

But against odds the 30-year-old, originally born in Jamaica before moving to South London[1], managed to climb to the top and recently punched his name on the ticket for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

On finally clinching his spot at this year’s delayed tournament, Cheavon told My London[2] he’s “more relieved than excited.”

“To be honest I’m just relieved. The job’s not done, when the job’s done I’ll be excited,” Cheavon said.

READ MORE: Senior Met Police Officer wins back job after tribunal rules sacking over child abuse clip was unfair[3]

Cheavon was driving lorries for a living before becoming a Team GB Olmypian
Cheavon was driving lorries for a living before becoming a Team GB Olmypian (Image: Cheavon Clarke)

The heavyweight boxer has his sight firmly fixed on a gold medal but four years ago Cheavon, known to his friends as Chev, was driving a lorry for a living.

Cheavon made a strong start in boxing and at the tender age of 18 years old he was winning championships.

A ruptured appendix months into his budding career which almost killed him couldn’t even stop the Jamaica-born fighter’s prospects.

After a six-month break he continued on a tear through the sport. Frustrating decisions against him and an unsuccessful trial for Team GB had the star contemplating his future in the sport, but he still couldn’t be stopped.

Cheavon competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games representing Jamaica, but it was a surprising loss at the tournament that finally put his boxing career on pause.

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I lost and I shouldn’t have,” Cheavon said.

“To make it worse everyone was saying ‘that was terrible, I should have won that’ so I was like ‘I’m putting up the gloves’ and stopped boxing for two years.”

As one of the best young boxing talents in the UK, Cheavon put it on pause, taking a lorry driving job delivering to Homebase and B&Q.

During his hiatus between 2014 and 2016, the incoming Olympian said he “loved” his new job.

“I was making money,” Cheavon laughed.

Frustrated with boxing Cheavon stopped to be a lorry driver
Frustrated with boxing Cheavon stopped to be a lorry driver (Image: Cheavon Clarke)

He continued: “Up until December 2015 I didn’t train or do nothing. It was great, I loved lorry driving, any time boxing gets on my nerves, back in the lorry.

“I just go on what I feel, if I enjoy something I do it, I’m not a slave to my trade, I do what I enjoy. It was fun, it was really great.”

Cheavon said his friends constantly pestered him to get back into boxing during his time away and at the close of 2015 his coach, out of the blue, told him to prepare for a March bout.

Before he knew it Cheavon was back competing again at a high level picking up medals and finally landing a spot with Team GB where he competed at the European Championships winning a silver medal in 2017.

The boxer who only started boxing as a teenager looking for something to do in the summer, became Team GB’s number one fighter.

On his start in boxing Cheavon said: ” I used to play football and that was my thing, I was passionate differently about football, people said I should box because I would always be shadow boxing.

“It was one summer my friends were trying to convince me to go to a weights gym and I was like weights are pointless, it’s boring then I saw the boxing club down the road from me.

“So I tricked my friend into going with me.”

On his rise to the top Cheavon has crossed paths with the likes of Anthony Joshua, Rio Ferdinand and even Prince Charles.

The prospect of being a global boxing star along with other British fighters Joshua and Daniel Dubois doesn’t phase Cheavon, he’s focused on one goal.

“I know I can beat anybody in the world,” Cheavon said.

He continued: “Right now the focus is going to the Olympics and executing and performing.

“I don’t care about nothing else. They could offer me a million pounds, nope, Olympic medal.”

Road closed after cement lorry ‘leaves road and goes into ditch’

A road in Tiptree is closed after a cement lorry left the road and crashed into a ditch. 

The B1022 Maldon Road is closed between Fountain Lane and Birch Road. 

Essex Travel updates says this is because a cement lorry has left the road and gone into a ditch.

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Three cars and a lorry involved in A350 crash, police confirm

Three cars and a lorry were involved in a crash on the A350.

Police were called out to the four-vehicle crash south of Westbury today (Thursday June 17) at 6.20am.

Read more: Road blocked following crash on A350[1]

The road was blocked for some time to allow emergency services to operate but has now reopened.

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