UK police: All victims of Essex lorry are Vietnamese

LONDON, The UK police announced Thursday that all 39 dead bodies found in a refrigerated truck in Essex two weeks ago belong to Vietnamese nationals.

In a press statement, the UK police said the victims, 31 men and eight women, were identified and their families were informed.

The victims’ names would not be made public now to give their families time to take in the news, it pointed out. The bodies were found in Grays, Essex, on 23 October, after the container had travelled to nearby Purfleet from Zeebrugge, in Belgium.

The Irish driver of the lorry appeared in court last week charged with a number of offences, including 39 counts of manslaughter.

Extradition proceedings have also begun against another man who was arrested in Dublin on a European Arrest Warrant.

Police are also seeking two brothers from Northern Ireland, Ronan and Christopher Hughes, who are wanted on suspicion of manslaughter and people trafficking.

Source: Kuwait News Agency