Essex lorry deaths: All 39 victims have officially been identified

Essex lorry deaths: All 39 victims have officially been identified

EACH of the 39 victims found dead in the back of a lorry in Essex last month have been formally identified.

Essex Police said they have been working with Vietnamese officers to find out who each of the victims were and are able to officially name them.

Authorities have said they want to give the families of the victims time to absorb the news before making the names public.

HM Senior Coroner, Mrs Caroline Beasley-Murray said: "May I take this opportunity to offer my deepest condolences to the victims’ families."

Pham Thi Tra My and Nguyen Dinh Luong's families are concerned they may be among the victims (Credit: BBC)

The senior officer in charge of the enquiry, Assistant Chief Consstable Tim Smith added: "This is an important step in the investigation and enables us to work with our Vietnamese Police colleagues to support the families of those victims."

"It is only right that we provide an opportunity for family members to take in the news confirming the death of their loved ones before releasing any further information. Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of those whose tragic journey ended on our shores."

The victims were discovered in a refrigerated container on the back of a lorry driven by Northern Irishman Mo Robinson, who has been arrested and charged with 39 counts of manslaughter and human trafficking.

The container travelled from Zeebrugge in Belgium to Grays, Essex in a refrigerated lorry trailer that originated in Co Monaghan.

Another Northern Irishman, Eamon Harrison, has been charged with manslaughter and human trafficking offences while police are still hunting for brothers Ronan and Christopher Hughes, both from Co. Armagh.