Published: Sat, November 09, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

United Kingdom police name 39 Vietnamese victims found in Essex lorry

United Kingdom police name 39 Vietnamese victims found in Essex lorry

British police on Friday named all 39 immigrants found in the back of a truck last month - with ten teens among the dead.

The bodies were found in the early hours of October 23 after the container arrived from Zeebrugge in Belgium. The victims were from a total of seven different provinces.

The vast majority of the victims were from the poverty-stricken provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh, in Vietnam.

The police said that the authorities were now discussing arrangements for the bodies to be repatriated.

While the Vietnamese police have arrested eight people in relation to the case, two people have been charged in Britain over the deaths of the Vietnamese migrants who traveled to the country in hopes of a better life.

British police said consultations had begun with Hanoi over repatriation of the bodies.

Essex Police mentioned it exclusively launched the names after an exhaustive operation to ID all of them and alert subsequent of kin, with DNA samples sought from many kinfolk in Vietnam to substantiate identities.

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"This was an extremely essential course of and our workforce has been working exhausting to carry solutions to apprehensive households who concern their cherished one could also be amongst these whose tragic journey ended on our shores", stated Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith.

Essex Police had initially said the victims were believed to be Chinese nationals, until several Vietnamese families came forward to say they feared their relatives were on board.

Mrs. Pham added: "Mom, I love you and Dad so much!" I'm dying, I can't breathe, " she wrote.

In a letter to the families earlier this week, Vietnam's Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said the tragedy had caused them and Vietnamese people worldwide "endless pain". They say he drove the cab of the truck to Purfleet, England, where it picked up the container, which had arrived by ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium.

The driver of the lorry, Mo Robinson, 25, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court on October 28 charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.

A man and woman, both 38, as well as a 48-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people.

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