39 bodies found in truck container in Essex: Live updates

The driver of a truck that was found with 39 bodies inside in the town of Grays, England, on Wednesday has been identified by a local councillor as Morris Robinson.

Paul Berry, the local councillor for Armagh (the area where Robinson lives in Northern Ireland), told CNN he learned of the arrest after speaking with Robinson’s father.

Berry confirmed to CNN the identity of the driver, saying that he was known locally as “Mo.” He said Robinson’s family is “salt of the earth and clearly we need to give them space”.

Earlier Wednesday, Essex Police said a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland remains in custody on suspicion of murder.

“I will not be commenting on the identity of the suspect of this man,” Deputy Chief Constable of Essex Police Pippa Mills said during a news conference. 

Here’s a photo of Robinson:

Facebook / Mo Robinson

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