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Essex lorry deaths: Police continue to question lorry driver
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39 bodies found in Essex lorry were Chinese nationals

The 39 people found dead in a refrigerated trailer in Essex were Chinese nationals. 

The lorry driver Mo Robinson, 25 is still being questioned on suspicion of murdering the eight women and 31 men. Mr Robinson’s home in Laurelvale in County Armagh has been raided. As well as two other properties in Northern Ireland he has connections with. 

His local community is said to be in “complete shock.”

“The local community is hoping that he [Mo Robinson] has been caught up innocently in this matter but it’s in the hands of Essex Police, and we will leave it in their professional hands to try to catch the perpetrators of this,” said councillor Paul Berry. 

As well as officers raiding the three properties, the National Crime Agency said it was working to identify “organised crime groups who may have played a part.”

The Essex Lorry Deaths

The trailer arrived in Purfleet on the River Thames from Zeebrugge in Belgium. And left the port with the lorry shortly after 01:05. 

It has been reported Mo Robinson went to get paperwork from the back of the lorry when he discovered the bodies. And called 999 immediately. 

Ambulance staff discovered the bodies in the container at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays just after 01:30 BST on Wednesday. 

Police said the tractor unit – the front part of the lorry – entered the county via Holyhead in Wales on Sunday, having travelled from Dublin. 

The lorry was moved to a secure site at Tilbury Docks so investigations could be “conducted in peace” and to give the “utmost dignity to those within the trailer.”

It has been said temperatures in refrigerated trailers could be as low as -25C. Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association described conditions inside as “absolutely horrendous.”

Essex Police say it is the largest murder investigation in the force’s history. And formal identification of the 39 people “could be a lengthy process.”

A spokesman for the Bulgarian foreign affairs ministry said the truck was registered in the country under the name of a company owned by an Irish citizen.

“Unimaginable tragedy”

St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Grays has been opened for people to light candles and say prayers until 14:00. 

And a vigil is also being held at 18:00 outside the Home Office to “call for urgent action to ensure safe passage” for people fleeing war and poverty. 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was an “unimaginable tragedy and truly heartbreaking.”

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39 bodies found in Essex lorry were Chinese nationals
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  1. iftikhara

    October 31, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    39 immigrants have lost their lives who would be the future taxpayers for the ageing British society. Immigrants, fixing the problems caused by the native Brits, no need to thank them.
    Immigrants take less benefits than UK citizens and put more into the pot.
    Our old people would be in an even worse situation if we didn’t have immigration.
    It’s the only way we will pay for the massive costs of our aging population, you clearly don’t like it, but you should get used to it.

    From the various ONS reports and such. They pay tax and use relatively less services than aging folk, thus help pay.

    We have open borders, that’s not quite the one way stream you suggest. Maybe in a generation or two the movement would be greater, assuming we bother teaching languages to our kids.

    Here’s a new idea – get the f**k out of every Muslim country, stop killing Muslims with your bombs, soldiers, funding and discriminatory policy and let the Muslims sort out their own affairs without Western interference. Then the flow of refugees will stop… Terrorism and fight for freedom has always been there too. Unfair to single out Muslims. Germany, we Muslims will not forgive you for selling nuclear weapon submarines to Israel and giving that racist country a second nuclear strike capability. If you like Jews so much, give a piece of your own country to them as a homeland. The more Muslim countries are attacked, the more you can expect more asylum seekers to come to white countries. You only have yourself to blame. The overall problem when dealing with immigration, is the need to first ascertain where these people have come from:- If they are from Commonwealth Countries (most likely not Australia, Canada, or New Zealand – there the immigration goes the other way), this can be seen as 200 years of imperialism coming back to bite us. If they are from Eastern Europe, this can be seen as 20 years of moronic EU policy coming back to bite us. If they come from the Middle East, this can be seen as 100 years of never ending scheming and meddling in that particular region coming back to bite us.

    Western colonial powers made a mess in Africa, the sub-continent and in the Middle East couple decades ago. The least they can do is to accept people from the countries they have robbed and ruined. The western countries which colonised the world .Yes it is a duty to give them back some pieces of what they have stolen !
    IA

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