Essex lorry deaths: Police speak to man wanted over 39 bodies in container – but still cannot find him

Essex Police[1] have spoken by phone to a man wanted in the investigation into the deaths of 39 migrants in a lorry - but have not been able to track him down.

The force said on Friday that Ronan and Christopher Hughes[2], who are wanted for questioning, were still on the run. Officers have spoken to Ronan Hughes, 40, on the phone, they revealed.

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Detective Chief Inspector Daniel Stoten, of Essex Police, told reporters at a press conference in Northern Ireland[4]: "Today I want to make a direct appeal - Ronan and Christopher, hand yourselves in to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

"We need you both to come forward and assist this investigation.

"Although we have already spoken to Ronan Hughes recently by telephone we need to have a conversation with him and his brother in person.

"Talking to Ronan and Christopher is crucial to our investigation and the sooner we can make this happen the sooner we can progress and continue with our investigation."

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Police said they believed the lorry had come from Bulgaria and entered the UK at Holyhead, in Wales, on Saturday.

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In a statement, Chief Superintendent Andrew Mariner said: "This is a tragic incident where a large number of people have lost their lives. Our enquiries are ongoing to establish what has happened."We are in the process of identifying the victims, however I anticipate that this could be a lengthy process.

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Thirty-nine bodies have been found in a lorry container in Essex, police have said

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The discovery of 38 adults and one teenager was made at an industrial estate in Thurrock

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Police said they believed the lorry had come from Bulgaria and entered the UK at Holyhead, in Wales, on Saturday. Getty

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Essex Police said it had launched a murder investigation after its officers were called to Waterglade Industrial Park, in Grays, in the early hours of Wednesday morning

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In a statement, Chief Superintendent Andrew Mariner said: "This is a tragic incident where a large number of people have lost their lives.

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The brothers are thought to be in Northern Ireland, but they also have links in the Republic and the haulage industry, Mr Stoten said.

A lorry connected to the pair was seized on Thursday, he added, while asking for anyone with information about them to come forward. Mr Stoten did not take questions.

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The bodies of 39 people were found in a refrigerated lorry container in Grays, Essex, last week.

Police initially believed they were Chinese but a number of Vietnamese families have since expressed concern that their relatives may be among the dead[5].

Efforts are underway to formally identify them.

References

  1. ^ Essex Police (www.independent.co.uk)
  2. ^ Ronan and Christopher Hughes (www.independent.co.uk)
  3. ^ Subscribe now (www.independent.co.uk)
  4. ^ Northern Ireland (www.independent.co.uk)
  5. ^ may be among the dead (www.independent.co.uk)

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