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UK News Vietnam receives documents from UK on truck victims

11:35  28 october  2019
11:35  28 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Vietnamese families fear relatives are among 39 UK truck dead

  Vietnamese families fear relatives are among 39 UK truck dead As many as 20 Vietnamese citizens are feared among 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain this week, families and community organisers said Saturday, as one of the alleged truck owners denied involvement in the tragedy. British police initially said all of the 31 men and eight women found early Wednesday in a refrigerated lorry in an industrial park in Grays, east of London, were believed to be Chinese nationals. Four people have been held over the incident, which has shocked Britain and shed light on dangerous trafficking routes into Europe taken by undocumented migrants.

The case is one of the United Kingdom ’s deadliest human trafficking disasters. Police initially suspected the victims were all Chinese nationals; then, several families from Vietnam contacted authorities believing their loved ones were probably in the truck .

UK media: 39 truck death victims were all from China. But Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore says the victims have not been identified and very few documents were DO THANH, Vietnam (AP) — Residents of this rural, mostly Catholic village in central Vietnam said Saturday that

Hoang Thi Ai holds up her phone showing a photo of her son Hoang Van Tiep, who she fears is one of the possible victims in the truck deaths in England, at her home in Dien Chau district, Nghe An province, Vietnam on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Families in central Vietnam continue to cling on hope for the fates of their loved ones, who might be among the dead in a truck in southern England. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh) © Provided by The Associated Press Hoang Thi Ai holds up her phone showing a photo of her son Hoang Van Tiep, who she fears is one of the possible victims in the truck deaths in England, at her home in Dien Chau district, Nghe An province, Vietnam on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Families in central Vietnam continue to cling on hope for the fates of their loved ones, who might be among the dead in a truck in southern England. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

DIEM THINH, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam's government said Monday that it has received from British authorities the documents of four of the people found dead in the back of a truck in England last week to help determine whether any of them are Vietnamese.

Vietnam villagers await news on their loved ones' fate

  Vietnam villagers await news on their loved ones' fate DO THANH, Vietnam (AP) — Residents of this rural, mostly Catholic village in central Vietnam said Saturday that they fear their family members could be among the dozens of people found dead in the back of a truck in England. The mother and a sister of Bui Thi Nhung cried as they set up an altar with incense and a photo of the missing 19-year-old where family and friends can pray at their home in Do Thanh village. The family heard from a friend living in the U.K. that "Nhung is one of the victims," said one of Nhung's relatives, who was visiting the missing teen's despaired mother.Nhung paid an agent over $10,000 with the hope of entering the U.K.

Vietnam 's Prime Minister on Saturday called for government agencies to help establish victims ' identities and look into illegal migration. Police did not rule out the possibility that the victims could have been trafficked into the UK by "criminals". "We've got to be realistic.

UK police working with Vietnamese authorities to identify truck victims . By Eliza Mackintosh and One of the families received a text message from their daughter on Tuesday night, UK time, when UK authorities are working with their Vietnamese counterparts to identify the victims , but have not

Hoang Thi Ai, the mother of Hoang Van Tiep, one of the possible victims in the truck deaths in England, talks to a relative on phone at her home in Dien Chau district, Nghe An province, Vietnam on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Families in central Vietnam continue to cling on hope for the fates of their loved ones, who might be among the dead in a truck in southern England. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh) © Provided by The Associated Press Hoang Thi Ai, the mother of Hoang Van Tiep, one of the possible victims in the truck deaths in England, talks to a relative on phone at her home in Dien Chau district, Nghe An province, Vietnam on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Families in central Vietnam continue to cling on hope for the fates of their loved ones, who might be among the dead in a truck in southern England. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

The documents were handed over to Vietnam's ministry of public security and will be used to help identify the victims, Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Thanh Son was cited by the VNExpress news website as saying.

It was not immediately clear what type of documents were sent.

British police initially believed the victims were Chinese, but later acknowledged that details around the bodies found last Wednesday in southeastern England were still evolving. Up to 24 Vietnamese families have since reported missing relatives whom they fear to be among the dead.

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.

One of the 39 people found dead in the back of a truck near London might have originally come from Vietnam , a Vietnamese human rights activist has said. Pham Thi Tra My, 26, sent a text message to her mother saying she could not breathe at about the time the truck container was en route from

Most of 39 UK truck victims were likely from Vietnam , priest says. Nam said families told him they knew relatives were travelling to Britain at the time the container truck would have been travelling and had been Vietnam ’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday that it had instructed its London

Hoang Thi Ai, the mother of Hoang Van Tiep, one of the possible victims in the truck deaths in England, stares off at her home in Dien Chau district, Nghe An province, Vietnam on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Families in central Vietnam continue to cling on hope for the fates of their loved ones, who might be among the dead in a truck in southern England. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh) © Provided by The Associated Press Hoang Thi Ai, the mother of Hoang Van Tiep, one of the possible victims in the truck deaths in England, stares off at her home in Dien Chau district, Nghe An province, Vietnam on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. Families in central Vietnam continue to cling on hope for the fates of their loved ones, who might be among the dead in a truck in southern England. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Vietnamese authorities have taken hair and other forensic samples from families who have reported missing people to assist the identification efforts.

British police said they have removed all the bodies from the truck and are awaiting autopsies. Identifying the victims is expected to be difficult and officials said very few documents were found with the bodies.

Hoang Thi Ai, mother of Hoang Van Tiep, left, one of the possible victims in the truck deaths in England, talks on the phone with a relative as her daughter Hoang Thi Nhiem holding her son at her home in Dien Chau district, Nghe An province, Vietnam on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 . Families in central Vietnam continue to cling on hope for the fates of their loved ones, who might be among the dead in a truck in southern England. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh) © Provided by The Associated Press Hoang Thi Ai, mother of Hoang Van Tiep, left, one of the possible victims in the truck deaths in England, talks on the phone with a relative as her daughter Hoang Thi Nhiem holding her son at her home in Dien Chau district, Nghe An province, Vietnam on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 . Families in central Vietnam continue to cling on hope for the fates of their loved ones, who might be among the dead in a truck in southern England. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Smugglers normally take the passports of their passengers to obscure their identities, stripping them of their names and giving them new documents when they arrive at their destinations.

Vietnam police take DNA from relatives of suspected truck victims

  Vietnam police take DNA from relatives of suspected truck victims Vietnam police take DNA from relatives of suspected truck victimsThe bodies were found on Wednesday in a truck container in Grays, about 32 km (20 miles) east of central London and British police are still trying to establish the identity of victims who in many cases lacked identity documents.

Vietnam ’s foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday that it had instructed its London embassy to assist British police with the identification of victims . The ministry did not respond to a request for further comment regarding the nationalities of the dead.

Vietnam 's foreign ministry said in a statement on Saturday that it had instructed its London embassy to assist British police with the identification of victims . The ministry did not respond to a request for further comment regarding the nationalities of the dead. Essex Police declined to elaborate as to how

A man rides his bicycle past a Catholic church in the Dien Thinh village, Nghe An province, Vietnam on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 . Families in central Vietnam continue to cling on hope for the fates of their loved ones, who might be among the dead in a truck in southern England. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh) © Provided by The Associated Press A man rides his bicycle past a Catholic church in the Dien Thinh village, Nghe An province, Vietnam on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 . Families in central Vietnam continue to cling on hope for the fates of their loved ones, who might be among the dead in a truck in southern England. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

Families in central Vietnam continue to cling to hope that their missing loved ones are not among the victims.

In Diem Thinh village in Nghe An province, Hoang Thi Ai cried Monday as she received relatives and neighbors coming to her house to check on the latest news on her missing 18-year-old son, Hoang Van Tiep, who the family fears may be among the victims.

Tiep worked as a restaurant dishwasher in France for two years before deciding to go to England for a better-paying job at a nail salon, Ai said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China has asked British authorities to provide more information on the identity of the victims in what British officials have called one of the country's deadliest cases of human smuggling.

The Latest: China asks UK for more info on truck victims

  The Latest: China asks UK for more info on truck victims HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The Latest on the 39 people found dead in the back of a truck in England (all times local): 5:20 p.m. China says it has asked British authorities to provide more information on the identity of 39 people who were found dead in a truck in southeastern England last week. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday that the U.K. has not confirmed the victims' nationalities. British police initially believed they were Chinese, but later acknowledged that the details were still evolving.Geng described reports that the victims had Chinese passports as "speculation."The spokesman added that the Chinese embassies in Vietnam and the U.K.

Vietnam 's Prime Minister on Saturday called for government agencies to help establish victims ' identities and look into illegal migration. Police did not rule out the possibility that the victims could have been trafficked into the UK by "criminals". "We've got to be realistic.

Vietnamese police have taken hair and blood samples from potential relatives of the victims found in the back of a lorry near London last week. A relative looks at an image of Anna Bui Thi Nhung on their phone, a Vietnamese suspected to be among dead victims found in a truck in the UK last week.

Geng also said Monday that reports that the victims had Chinese passports was "speculation."

China's Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong said the case shows that illegal immigration is a global issue.

"It needs to be jointly dealt with and properly resolved by all parties concerned so that we can prevent a tragedy like this from repeating in the future," Chen said at a news conference in Beijing.

Nguyen Thanh Le holds his phone showing a photo of his son Nguyen Van Hung on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 in Dien Chau district, Nghe An province, Vietnam. Families in central Vietnam continue to cling on hope for the fates of their loved ones, who might be among the dead in a truck in southern England. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh) © Provided by The Associated Press Nguyen Thanh Le holds his phone showing a photo of his son Nguyen Van Hung on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 in Dien Chau district, Nghe An province, Vietnam. Families in central Vietnam continue to cling on hope for the fates of their loved ones, who might be among the dead in a truck in southern England. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

British authorities charged the 25-year-old truck driver with 39 counts of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people. He was expected in court Monday. Three other people have been arrested in connection to the case.

Nguyen Thanh Le holds up his phone showing a photo of his son Nguyen Van Hung on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Dien Chau district, Nghe An province, Vietnam. Families in central Vietnam continue to cling on hope for the fates of their loved ones who might be among the dead in a truck in southern England. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh) © Provided by The Associated Press Nguyen Thanh Le holds up his phone showing a photo of his son Nguyen Van Hung on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, in Dien Chau district, Nghe An province, Vietnam. Families in central Vietnam continue to cling on hope for the fates of their loved ones who might be among the dead in a truck in southern England. (AP Photo/Hau Dinh)

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Associated Press writer Yanan Wang in Beijing contributed to this report.

Vietnam arrests 8 more in Britain trucks deaths .
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnamese police have arrested eight more suspects in connection with the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people who were found dead inside a refrigerated truck container in southeastern England. Police said the eight were arrested Sunday on charges of organizing people smuggling overseas as the sprawling international investigation into what appears to be a people-smuggling tragedy continues. British police said Friday that all 39 victims were Vietnamese nationals. They initially said the victims discovered near the southeast port of Purfleet on Oct.

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