Essex lorry deaths: Bodies of victims have all been identified


Lorry container being moved under police escort

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The bodies were discovered in a lorry trailer in the early hours of 23 October

The identities of 39 people found dead in a refrigerated lorry have all been formally identified, police said.

Essex Police had been working with Vietnamese officials to identify the 31 men and eight women found dead in Grays, Essex, on 23 October.

A series of files have been handed to Essex senior coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray.

The force said it wanted to give families time to take in the news before making the names public.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith said identification was “an important step” in the investigation.

Extradition proceedings

The bodies were found on the Waterglade Industrial Estate after the container had travelled to nearby Purfleet from Zeebrugge, in Belgium.

The driver of the lorry, Maurice Robinson, from Northern Ireland, appeared in court last week charged with a number of offences, including 39 counts of manslaughter.

Extradition proceedings have also begun against 22-year-old Eamonn Harrison, who was arrested in Dublin on a European Arrest Warrant.

There have also been 11 arrests in two province’s of Vietnam in relation to the deaths.

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Pham Thi Tra My and Nguyen Dinh Luong’s families are concerned they may be among the victims


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