Essex lorry deaths latest: Eight arrested on suspicion of people smuggling

Eight people have been arrested in Vietnam in connection with the 39 migrants found dead in a lorry in Essex. The eight have been held by Vietnamese police on suspicion of organising people smuggling overseas. Police believe that the 31 men and eight women who were discovered in the back of the refrigerated truck in Grays were all Vietnamese nationals.

A spokeswoman for the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the incident a “serious humanitarian tragedy”. So far, two people have been charged in connection with the incident. The driver of the lorry, Mo Robinson, 25, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering.

39 people were found dead inside leaving Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex.

Essex Police have started extradition proceedings to bring 22-year-old Eamonn Harrison from Ireland to the UK.

Harrison, of Newry in Co Down, Northern Ireland, appeared at Dublin High Court on Friday charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, along with human trafficking and immigration offences, and was remanded in custody.

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Detectives have also urged Ronan Hughes, 40, and his brother Christopher, 34, said to have links with the road haulage and shipping industries, to hand themselves in.

The pair, from Armagh in Northern Ireland, are wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and human trafficking.

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