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Heartbreaking Incident: Men, Former Modern-Day Slaves, Lose Their Lives in Four-Day Cannabis Farm Fire

A fourth individual has been apprehended in relation to the tragic deaths of four Vietnamese nationals at an Oldham mill. The remains of Uoc Van Nguyen, Cuong Van Chu, Duong Van Nguyen, and Nam Thanh Lee were discovered during a six-month search of Bismark House Mill following a fire at the Bower Street building in May of last year.

The search commenced on July 23, prompted by the discovery of human remains by demolition workers. Authorities suspect that the deceased individuals were victims of modern-day slavery.

Today, a 36-year-old man was taken into custody at a police station on charges of manslaughter, cannabis cultivation, and involvement in the activities of an organized crime group. He is currently being held for questioning by the police.

The investigation into these tragic deaths is still ongoing, and law enforcement urges anyone with information to come forward, according to the Express.

Previously, three men were arrested in connection with the incident, including a 34-year-old suspect last week. All three have been released on bail as further inquiries are conducted.

Firefighters battled the blazing inferno at the mill for four days starting from May 7 but were unable to access the premises due to concerns over its structural integrity. At that time, they believed the building was unoccupied, but on July 21, they received information about the missing men.

During the discovery of the third body, Detective Superintendent Lewis Hughes expressed condolences, stating, “Our thoughts are with the potential family members in Vietnam, on behalf of everyone involved in this operation.”

In an update, a spokesperson for the Greater Manchester Police stated, “Greater Manchester Police and His Majesty‚Äôs Coroner continue to collaborate with partner agencies to complete the formal identification process and arrange for repatriation.

Individuals with relevant information should contact Greater Manchester Police at 101. In emergency situations, always dial 999. International callers can reach GMP at +44161 872 5050. Those who wish to remain anonymous can provide information through the independent charity Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.”

Jake Massey
Jake Massey
Journalist at the Medialinker Group


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