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UK News Irish police will co-operate fully with Essex murder investigation – deputy PM

16:10  24 october  2019
16:10  24 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Essex murder probe: Police search two Co Armagh homes

  Essex murder probe: Police search two Co Armagh homes Portadown man Mo Robinson has been arrested on suspicion of murderPortadown man Mo Robinson, 25, is being questioned by police in Essex on suspicion of murder in relation to the discovery in the early hours of Wednesday.

Police are investigating a suspected Irish people-smuggling ring after 39 migrants were found frozen to death in the back of a refrigerated lorry. One of UK's biggest murder inquiries was launched on Wednesday after the bodies, including that of a teenager

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a sign on the side of a fence: Floral tributes at the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex, after 39 bodies were found inside a lorry (Stefan Rousseau/PA) © Stefan Rousseau Floral tributes at the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex, after 39 bodies were found inside a lorry (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Ireland’s deputy premier has said Irish police will co-operate fully with the investigation after 39 people were found dead in the back of a lorry in Essex.

Irish police are conducting follow-up inquiries in relation to the registrations and movements of the refrigerated container and the Irish-owned truck.

A 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland remains in custody after he was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of the murder of 39 people.

In a statement, Essex Police said the case is the largest murder investigation in its history and officers believe they are all Chinese nationals.

Essex Lorry Deaths: Driver Mo Robinson Questioned On Suspicion Of Murder Amid Dawn Raids

  Essex Lorry Deaths: Driver Mo Robinson Questioned On Suspicion Of Murder Amid Dawn Raids Police have searched two addresses in Northern Ireland as officers continue to question a Co Armagh man over the discovery of 39 people dead in a refrigerated lorry trailer. The searches in Co Armagh on Wednesday night are believed to be linked to the arrest of the driver, named in reports as 25-year-old Mo Robinson, from Portadown. He remains in custody for questioning by Essex Police on suspicion of murder. Robinson had posted images on social media of the bright red cab, proudly calling it “the Polar Express.”Detectives have said the trailer containing the victims arrived at Purfleet from Zeebrugge in Belgium at around 12.

Deputy Chief Constable of Essex Police Pippa Mills said the vehicle had been moved to a secure site at Tilbury Docks so the bodies of the 38 adults and one teenager could be "recovered while preserving the dignity of the victims".

The police have opened a murder investigation . Pippa Mills, the deputy chief constable of Essex Police , said the police had been called to the scene by the local ambulance service “And we’ll carry out any investigations that are necessary if it’s established that the truck did pass through Ireland.”

A statement said: “Of these, 38 are believed to be adults, and one is a young adult woman. We previously reported that she may have been a teenager. We have since confirmed that eight of the deceased are women and 31 are men and all are believed to be Chinese nationals.”

Essex Police said they have not speculated about the identity of the man who was arrested and will not do so.

They said: “We can confirm that three properties in Co Armagh have been searched in connection with our investigation.”

Irish police were working with Essex Police on Wednesday to establish the facts over whether or not the lorry came from the Irish Republic.

An Garda Siochana said they were “monitoring the developing investigation in the UK and will provide every assistance possible” to Essex Police and investigators.

Post-Mortem Examinations To Be Carried Out On 39 People Found Dead In A Lorry In Essex

  Post-Mortem Examinations To Be Carried Out On 39 People Found Dead In A Lorry In Essex Post-mortem examinations are due to be carried out on some of the 39 people found dead in a lorry in Essex. On Thursday night, the first 11 victims were transported under police escort from the Port of Tilbury to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. “The next stages will be for post-mortems to be carried out,” Essex Police said in a statement. However, the force warned that the investigation will take “some considerable time”. It comes after the bodies of eight women and 31 men – all believed to have been Chinese nationals – were discovered in a refrigerated trailer on Wednesday.

Murder investigation launched alongside inquiry into possible role of organised crime groups.

ONE of Britain’s biggest ever murder investigations has been launched after a grisly discovery was made in a lorry in the early hours of October 23. This is a big investigation for @EssexPoliceUK. The National Crime Agency confirmed they are assisting Essex Police and Immigration Enforcement

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Irish deputy PM Simon Coveney described the incident on Wednesday as a tragedy and said police in the Republic of Ireland will co-operate fully with the investigation.

Mr Coveney told the parliament in Dublin: “It is a reminder of just how ruthless and shocking people trafficking is right now.

“This is not simply something that we see in terms of trying to bring refugees from countries like Libya, across the Mediterranean. This is an issue that comes right into our own lives, into the UK.”

He said: “The investigation that’s under way at the moment involves An Garda Siochana (Irish police) also. The investigation taking place will have the absolute and full co-operation of An Garda Siochana.

“It is important to say that we do have a national action plan to prevent and combat human trafficking and An Garda Siochana has committed significant resources to investigating and prosecuting in the context of human trafficking and a specialised Garda unit.

“The human trafficking investigation and co-ordination unit has been established and is very much part of that human trafficking strategy, so I want to give that reassurance.”

Essex Lorry Deaths: Two Arrests Made In Vietnam As Extradition Proceedings Begin For Irish Suspect .
Police in Vietnam have arrested two people on suspicion of involvement in the deaths of 39 people whose bodies were found in the back of a lorry in Grays, Essex, last week. After 10 Vietnamese families reported their relatives missing, fearing they were among the 39 victims, Ha Tinh regional police launched a criminal investigation into suspected human trafficking, a statement posted on the website said. Two people have been arrested and others brought in for questioning, it said. The investigation would also look at similar incidents that occurred over the last five years.

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