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UK News Essex lorry deaths overview: Laurelvale man still in police custody

10:55  25 october  2019
10:55  25 october  2019 Source:   newsletter.co.uk

UK police investigating 39 lorry deaths raid two addresses

  UK police investigating 39 lorry deaths raid two addresses UK police investigating 39 lorry deaths raid two addressesBritish police found the bodies of 38 adults and one teenager in a lorry container on an industrial site in Grays, about 20 miles (32 km) east of central London in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The suspect remains in custody for questioning by Essex Police . Meanwhile, officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland have carried out raids on two houses associated with the arrested man - one in Markethill, County Armagh, and another in nearby Laurelvale . And the National Crime Agency

Essex ambulance workers alerted police to the discovery of the bodies of 38 adults and one teenager at 1.40am on Wednesday. Photograph: Invicta Kent Media/REX/Shutterstock. The 39 victims found dead in a lorry trailer in Essex were Chinese nationals, according to reports.

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Here is what we know so far:

- Essex Police received reports of a number of people discovered inside a lorry container at 1.40am on Wednesday.

- The lorry was found at Waterglade Industrial Park on Eastern Avenue in Grays, Thurrock, in Essex.

- Ambulance staff found all 39 victims, including a young woman, dead inside the container.

- A murder investigation was launched and the lorry driver, Mo Robinson, 25, from Northern Ireland, was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody after police were given more time to question him on Thursday.

- Police in Northern Ireland have searched three properties near Portadown in Co Armagh in connection with the arrest.

Essex Lorry Deaths: Two Arrested On Suspicion Of Human Trafficking And Manslaughter

  Essex Lorry Deaths: Two Arrested On Suspicion Of Human Trafficking And Manslaughter Police have arrested two more people over the deaths of 39 people found in a truck, believed to be Chinese nationals, on suspicion of human trafficking and manslaughter. A man and a woman, both aged 38, were arrested in Warrington, northern England, Essex police said. The driver of the truck, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, remains in police custody having been arrested on suspicion of murder. A statement from Essex Police said: “We have carried out warrants in Cheshire as part of the investigation into 39 bodies being discovered in a lorry trailer in Grays.

The lorry driver remained in police custody yesterday evening. Police yesterday evening drove away the lorry that the 39 dead bodies were found inCredit: EPA. Why death -trap refrigerated lorries are used. Migrants are increasingly being smuggled into the UK using refrigerated lorries .

Police question driver over Essex lorry deaths . The lorry cab used to pick up the trailer had been driven from Northern Ireland, where police have raided two houses associated with the arrested man - one in Markethill, County Armagh, and another in nearby Laurelvale .

- These include Mr Robinson’s home in Markethill, where he is understood to have moved recently, and the semi-detached family home in a development in nearby Laurelvale.

- Essex Police said all 39 victims, including eight women and 31 men, are believed to be Chinese nationals.

- The force have yet to identify the lorry victims, saying the coroner must first establish each person’s cause of death before officers move on to attempt to identify individuals.

- This will be a “substantial operation” and the force “cannot estimate how long these procedures will take”.

- The tractor unit or front section of the lorry, which police said is believed to have originated in Northern Ireland, entered the country via Holyhead, north Wales, on October 20, having travelled over from Dublin.

Essex Lorry Deaths: Police Search For Driver Who Delivered Container To Belgian Port Before 39 People Discovered Dead

  Essex Lorry Deaths: Police Search For Driver Who Delivered Container To Belgian Port Before 39 People Discovered Dead Police are urgently trying to track down the driver who delivered the trailer, later discovered to contain 39 people, to a port in Belgian before being shipped to the UK. The Belgian prosecutor’s office said officers were attempting to find the driver who delivered the refrigerated container to Zeebrugge on Tuesday. Essex Police were called to the Grays Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays just before 1.40am on Wednesday. Thirty-nine people, initially believed to be Chinese nationals, were found dead inside the container. Missing person reports now suggest that a number of the victims may have been from Vietnam, however formal identification has not yet taken place.

Essex Police have reported all the 39 victims - including a teenager - are from China. Cops investigating the deaths last night swooped on three homes in County Armagh, which are related to Essex Police 's murder Among the houses being searched are Robinson's home near Markethill and his parent's home in Laurelvale . The lorry driver remained in police custody yesterday evening.

Welcome to the Essex Police website. “A murder investigation was launched and the lorry driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police We will continue to work alongside many other partner agencies to find out what led to these deaths .

- Global Trailer Rentals Ltd (GTR) confirmed they owned the refrigerated back section of the lorry where the bodies were found and said they had leased the trailer on October 15.

- The lorry trailer, where the bodies were found, travelled on a ship from Zeebrugge in Belgium to Purfleet, Essex, arriving at around 12.30am on Wednesday.

- Police believe the tractor unit and trailer left the port in Purfleet shortly after 1.05am.

- The lorry was later moved under police escort from the industrial park to a secure location at Tilbury Docks.

- Police began to move the bodies of the victims on Thursday evening, with 11 bodies being moved to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford under a police escort and private ambulance.

- It is expected all the bodies will be moved and post-mortems carried out.

- The Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Scania lorry was registered in Varna, a city on the east coast of the country, under the name of a company owned by an Irish citizen.

Truck driver charged with manslaughter of 39 people in U.K., as Vietnamese families fear relatives among the dead

  Truck driver charged with manslaughter of 39 people in U.K., as Vietnamese families fear relatives among the dead Maurice Robinson, a 25-year-old from Northern Ireland, was charged Saturday with the manslaughter of 39 people found inside a refrigerated trailer of the truck he was driving in England on Wednesday. Robinson has also been charged with people trafficking, immigration, and money laundering offenses, police said. The deaths may be related to human trafficking, and while police have said they cannot confirm the victims' nationality at this time,The deaths may be related to human trafficking, and while police have said they cannot confirm the victims' nationality at this time, several Vietnamese families have come forward with information that their relatives may be among the dead.

Welcome to the Essex Police website. “A murder investigation was launched and the lorry driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police We will continue to work alongside many other partner agencies to find out what led to these deaths .

Essex Police are working to identify the victims, who include one teenager. Police originally thought the lorry had travelled to the UK through Holyhead in north Wales on 19 October, but later In the village of Laurelvale , where Mr Robinson is from, the community is in "complete shock," said local

- Eric Van Duyse, a spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office, said that Brussels had started an investigation into the incident and that it was not yet known how long the lorry trailer spent in Belgium.

- A road haulage expert said the lorry container appeared to be a refrigerated unit, with temperatures inside able to drop as low as -25C.

- Authorities at the Zeebrugge port have said refrigerated trailers are “completely sealed” in the port so it was unlikely the victims were loaded into the container there, adding that the container may not have been checked before leaving Belgium.

- Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “appalled” by the incident, and said the perpetrators of the crime “should be hunted down and brought to justice”.

- Home Secretary Priti Patel described the incident as “truly shocking” and met with officers from Essex Police on Thursday morning.

- Officers from the Essex Police, the National Crime Agency and Immigration Enforcement are all working on the case.

- The Police Service of Northern Ireland said it was supporting the Essex Police investigation, while the Irish police, An Garda Siochana, said they would “provide every assistance possible”.

- A casualty bureau was set up by police for people to call if they are concerned about relatives who may be involved in the incident. The number is 0800 056 0944 in the UK, and 0044 207 158 0010 internationally.

- The incident is the worst of its kind in the UK since the bodies of 58 Chinese people were found in a container at Dover, Kent, in 2000.

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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