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Mo Robinson, 25, had driven from his home in a small village near Portadown, Northern Ireland, over the weekend and collected the trailer from the port of Purfleet late last night.
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He is 25 years old.
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Robinson – whose partner back in Northern Ireland is said to be expecting a baby – was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and is today at the center of one Britain’s biggest ever murder investigations.
Minutes later, his lorry was seen driving into the Waterglade Industrial Park in Thurrock, where ambulance crews and police were called and found 39 people dead in the back, including a teenager.
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CCTV shows Robinson’s truck driving into the industrial estate at 1.10 am and the police arrived around half an hour later. Neither the nationality of the victims nor the origin of the container before it got to Zeebrugge, is currently known.
The truck was removed from the scene this afternoon, with the 39 victims still believed to be inside, as police begin the process of identifying them.
The container was reported to be owned by the Irish company GTR Trailers. The Dublin-based firm hires out huge shipping containers to companies across Europe.
The company was unavailable to comment today. It is believed they would have had a record of when the container was taken to Zeebrugge and who had rented the unit from them.
This evening local DUP councilor Paul Berry told MailOnline that Robson’s parents have assumed the father-to-be has been held because so many people have told them.
‘I’ve spoken to the family a couple of times,’ he said. ‘At this stage, they haven’t been informed of anything and the police don’t have to in these circumstances.
‘Obviously they are very distraught. His mother is incredibly as well as his partner. They are just waiting for the news. People keep ringing them up and asking ‘is it true?’ but they just don’t know.
‘They contacted police themselves but a sergeant said he couldn’t tell them anything. It does seem unfair. The family at least should know that he has been arrested.’
Speaking this afternoon, Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills said: ‘In order to ensure we maintain the dignity of the people who sadly lost their lives, we will be moving the lorry and the trailer shortly.’
She said they were being moved to nearby Tilbury Docks so the bodies can be recovered while preserving the dignity of the victims.
‘We are yet to identify them and must manage this sensitively with their families,’ she added. The lorry was later given a police escort as it snaked its way through the Thames Estuary docklands roads. Officers on the pavement bowed their heads in a mark of respect.
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Truck driver Robinson is still being questioned. He regularly posts about the Bulgarian-registered Scania truck cab on his Instagram and Facebook pages, referring to it as ‘the Scandinavian Express’ and ‘the Polar Expres
The investigation will now try to work out where the people came from and what route they had taken to get to the UK.
Alp Mehmet, the chairman of the group Migration Watch UK, called on the government to better patrol Britain’s borders to ensure such tragedies were not repeated.
He said: ‘People-trafficking is a sickening business. It continues not only because the traffickers make huge amounts of money from it but are also often able to get away with it.
‘The risk is that more such tragedies will occur for so long as the UK fails to properly resource the border and return those who have no right to be here, which all but encourages traffickers to ply their trade by exploiting people who put their lives in their evil hands.’
Despite the investigation being at an early stage and it being unclear where the victims died, the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants has already blamed the British government.
The charity’s chief executive Satbir Singh said: ‘Nobody should be in any doubt that the ultimate responsibility for these deaths lies with government policy which has deliberately closed down safe and legal routes into Britain.’
Bulgarian foreign ministry spokesman Tsvetana Krasteva said: ‘We are in contact with our embassy in London and with British authorities.’
The National Crime Agency (NCA) said: ‘We are aware of this tragic incident which is now the subject of a murder investigation being led by Essex Police and we have deployed NCA officers to assist.
‘We are working with partners including Essex Police and Immigration Enforcement to provide specialist support to urgently identify and take action against any organized crime groups who might have played a role in causing these deaths.’
The Essex Police casualty bureau numbers are 0800 056 0944 for callers living in the UK, or 0207 158 0010 for people dialing from outside the UK, the force said.