People smuggling and murder suspect arrested

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A Ukrainian man suspected of murder and people smuggling into the UK has been arrested in Battersea, south-west London.

Marian Shkirko, 33, was detained in a joint operation between UK and Belgian police on suspicion of having a lead role in smuggling people via Belgium.

He is suspected of using complicit drivers and false documentation.

Belgian police also want to question him about the murder of a lorry driver found dead in Belgium last year.

The Lithuanian man's body was discovered in Waasmunster in May.

Mr Shkirko was arrested on Friday as part of the joint operation between the UK's Organised Immigration Crime Taskforce and the Belgian Federal Police.

A number of people were also arrested in Belgium as part of the same operation.

Mr Shkirko will appear on Saturday at Westminster Magistrates' Court, where extradition proceedings will begin.

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