Monday , October 26 2020

Essex lorry deaths: UK Vietnamese group given photos of missing people – Sky News,


A Vietnamese community website in the UK has been given around 20 photos of people reported missing by their families since 39 people were found dead in a lorry in Essex.

Viethome says it has handed the photos to UK authorities and has asked relatives not to post the photos online.

Those reported missing are aged between 15 to 45.

It follows the discovery of 39 bodies inside a refrigerated lorry container at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays.

Essex Police initially said it believed the deceased were Chinese nationals, but has since said it is a “developing picture”.

China has said it cannot yet confirm the victims’ nationalities or identities.

A 26 – year-old Vietnamese woman is feared to be among the dead after she was identified as a possible victim by a Hanoi-based human rights group.

Tra My was identified on Twitter by Human Rights Space coordinator Hoa Nghiem, who said the young woman had sent a series of messages to her parents at around the time the container was in Essex.


Tra My, from Vietnam, is feared to be among the victims. Pic: @HoaNghiem3/Human Rights Space


Image:        Tra My, from Vietnam, is feared to be among the victims. Pic: @ HoaNghiem3 / Human Rights Space      

A Sky News translation of the texts reads: “So sorry mum and dad. The route to abroad didn’t succeed. Mum. I love you and dad so much. I am dying because I can’t breathe. I am from Can Loc Ha Tinh. Vietnam. Mum. I’m very sorry. “

The Vietnamese embassy in London said it had contacted police about a missing woman feared to be one of the dead.

All of the bodies are expected to be moved by the end of the week and 11 have been taken to a mortuary for post-mortem examinations.



                                      Tracking specialist Mimi Vu                                                                                                                                                       
‘This tragic story has shaken Vietnam’                

Four people have been arrested over the deaths, including a48 -year-old manwho was arrested at Stansted Airport on Friday.

A 38 – year-old man and a 39 – year-old woman from Warrington, Cheshire, were earlier arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and manslaughter.

The lorry driver – identified by Sky sources a s Mo Robinson, 25, from Portadown in Northern Ireland – was arrested on suspicion of murder at the scene of the discovery.

It is not yet known when the victims entered the lorry container or the exact route it traveled.


Mo Robinson


Image:        Mo Robinson has been arrested on suspicion of murder      

Belgian authorities believe the trailer arrived at Zeebrugge at 2. 49 pm on Tuesday and left for Purfleet on the same

The Belgian public prosecutor’s office said it is “not clear” when and where victims entered the container, which is owned by Irish company Global Trailer Rental.

The lorry cab driven by Mr Robinson started its journey in Northern Ireland, heading to Dublin and boarding a ferry to Holyhead in north Wales and meeting the trailer in Purfleet shortly before midnight early on Wednesday.

Global Trailer Rental said the container was rented out on 15 October.

Police are continuing to question the four people arrested over the deaths.


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