Picture Of Lorry Driver Connected With 39 Deaths

This is the first picture of the man believed to be the Northern Irish lorry driver arrested on suspicion of murder after 39 dead bodies were found in a trailer.

Mo Robinson, 25, was named locally on Wednesday as the man being held by Essex Police after 38 adults and one teen were discovered in the vehicle on an industrial estate.

Investigators initially thought the lorry – which came from Bulgaria – had entered the UK via Holyhead, North Wales, but acknowledged it could have taken ‘several different’ ferry routes.

But police have since said the trailer had travelled from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge into Purfleet, Essex.

Detectives said the front tractor unit of the vehicle is believed to have originated in Northern Ireland.

None of the victims’ identities or nationalities have been officially given.

An Essex Police statement on Wednesday afternoon said: “Originally, we reported that the lorry had travelled into the country through Holyhead on Saturday 19 October.

“After further enquiries, we now believe that the trailer travelled from Zeebrugge into Purfleet, and docked in the Thurrock area shortly after 12:30am this morning. The tractor unit of the lorry is believed to have originated in Northern Ireland.

“We believe the lorry and trailer left the port shortly after 1.05am.”

Prime minister Boris Johnson earlier said he was “appalled” by the discovery of the bodies, and that those responsible for the deaths “should be hunted down”.

Essex Police said it was called by the ambulance service shortly before 1.40am on Wednesday following the discovery of a lorry container with people inside.

All 39 people were pronounced dead at the scene.