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Homes raided over death of 39 people in lorry as police investigate smuggling ring

Driver Mo Robinson, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, picture of police raiding home in Northern Ireland and picture of police at scene of lorry where 39 dead bodies were found
Mo Robinson was arrested on suspicion of homicide earlier than police raided properties in (Picture: REX/Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker/PA)

Police have raided two properties in Northern Ireland as detectives query a driver over 39 our bodies discovered in the again of a refrigerated lorry in .

The searches in Co Armagh come after driver Mo Robinson, 25, was arrested on suspicion of homicide yesterday.

Authorities in a number of European international locations at the moment are attempting to piece collectively what led to the deaths of the occupants, who’re all believed to be Chinese nationals.

Police have linked the incident to an Irish smuggling ring, identified for working a route across the space of Varna, , the place the lorry is registered to.

The container, which might have been as chilly as -25C inside, has been linked to a Dublin primarily based firm, though it’s registered in Northern Ireland.

Pacemaker Press 23/10/19 A Property near Markethill as Police raid two houses in Co Armagh in Northern Ireland on Wednesday evening. The bodies of 39 people have been found in a lorry trailer in Essex. The vehicle was found shortly before 01:40 BST at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, police said. Essex Police said the trailer has been moved to a secure location where the bodies of those inside - a teenager and 38 adults - can be recovered. The driver, named locally as Mo Robinson, 25, from Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Essex Police said the trailer arrived via ferry from Zeebrugge, Belgium, into Purfleet on the River Thames Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
Two properties in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland have been searched whereas Robinson is held in custody (Picture: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)
Rex Features Ltd. do not claim any Copyright or License of the attached image Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX (10454570i) First pictures of Mo Robinson, from Northern Ireland, the 25-year-old lorry driver arrested on suspicion of murder after his lorry was discovered in Grays, Essex, today at 1.40am with the dead bodies of 39 people locked inside. CCTV has surfaced showing him driving his red and white Swedish Scania lorry just 30 minutes before it was found full of dead suspected migrants. Robinson's Facebook page reveals he is a lorry driver and contains pictures of what appears to be the same cab as the lorry involved in the deaths Lorry driver arrested after bodies of 39 people found in a lorry container, Grays, Essex, UK - 23 Oct 2019 There is an identical 'The Ultimate Dream' decal on the windscreen with Robinson branding it "the Polar express" on his page. Experts have said the container appears to be refrigerated, and if so temperatures can reach as low as -25C inside. The lorry is believed to have made a journey in excess of 2500 miles from Bulgaria to Brirain and if the refrigeratin was turned on inside then the death of the occupants could have occured in a relatively short space pf time. it is understood the lorry travelled from Bulgaria and entered the UK via a ferry crossing from Dublin to Holyhead in Wales on Saturday. It means the people inside may have been dead for at least four days. Police are now working to establish the identify of the 38 adults and one teenager inside the lorry and say it will be a "lengthy process". Mo Robinson's lorry is pictured here on his "open" Facebook page.
It is assumed he might have alerted authorities and didn’t know the our bodies have been inside, however lorry drivers can nonetheless be held criminally accountable (Picture: REX)

Road Haulage Association chief government Richard Burnett stated its occupants would have been in ‘absolutely horrendous’ circumstances which might kill anybody inside ‘fairly shortly.

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He added: ‘The only place to go to the toilet is on board the back of the trailer. You can imagine if they’ve been in there for days then there will likely be faeces, there will likely be urine.’

Robinson is believed to have pushed the tractor unit – the entrance half of the car – from Northern Ireland over the weekend and picked up the container late on Tuesday evening.

Detectives say the trailer carrying the victims left Zeebrugge in and arrived on the Essex port of Purfleet at round 12.30am.

He left shortly after 1.05am and police have been referred to as about 30 minutes later after ambulance workers made the grim discovery at Waterglade Industrial Park in close by Grays.

Robinson, of Portadown, Co Armagh, might have advised authorities about what occurred himself and it’s ‘very unlikely’ he knew of plans to smuggle the lorry’s occupants throughout borders, sources near the investigation advised the Telegraph.

His brother advised BelfastLive the household had not heard something from him or authorities and that they ‘don’t know what’s going on’.

Robinson’s accomplice again in Northern Ireland is considered anticipating a child.

Speaking on yesterday afternoon, Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills stated the lorry and the container have been being moved to close by Tilbury Docks so the our bodies might be recovered whereas preserving the dignity of the victims.

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She added: ‘We are yet to identify them and must manage this sensitively with their families.’

Pacemaker Press 23/10/19 A Property in Laurelvale as Police raid two houses in Co Armagh in Northern Ireland on Wednesday evening. The bodies of 39 people have been found in a lorry trailer in Essex. The vehicle was found shortly before 01:40 BST at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, police said. Essex Police said the trailer has been moved to a secure location where the bodies of those inside - a teenager and 38 adults - can be recovered. The driver, named locally as Mo Robinson, 25, from Portadown, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Essex Police said the trailer arrived via ferry from Zeebrugge, Belgium, into Purfleet on the River Thames Pic Colm Lenaghan /Pacemaker
The container is registered in Northern Ireland however linked to an organization with an HQ in Dublin (Picture: Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker)
Waterglade Industrial Park, Eastern Avenue, Grays. WHERE DEAD BODIES HAVE BEEN FOUND IN THE BACK OF A LORRY
The truck is assumed to have travelled from the town of Varna, Bulgaria, the place the entrance half of the car is registered to (Picture: W8MEDIA)

stated he was ‘appalled’ by the incident and stated the perpetrators of the crime ‘should be hunted down’.

Meanwhile Home Secretary Priti Patel has referred to as for harsher sentences for human traffickers.

Eric Van Duyse, a spokesman for the Belgian federal prosecutor’s workplace, stated Brussels had began an investigation into the incident.

He added: ‘We have no idea at the moment how long the lorry spent in Belgium, it could be hours or days, we just don’t know.’

Waterglade Industrial Park, Eastern Avenue, Grays. WHERE DEAD BODIES HAVE BEEN FOUND IN THE BACK OF A LORRY
The useless our bodies have been taken away contained in the truck so authorities can start figuring out them (Picture: W8Media)
A border force lorry arrives at the Port of Tilbury in Essex where the lorry that 39 bodies were found inside has been moved to. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 23, 2019. The vehicle driver, named in reports as 25-year-old Mo Robinson from Portadown in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland, is being held by Essex police on suspicion of murder. See PA story POLICE Container. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
A border pressure lorry arrives on the Port of Tilbury in Essex after yesterday’s grim discovery (Picture: PA)

The nation’s ministry of overseas affairs stated the truck was registered in Varna ‘under the name of a company owned by an Irish citizen.’

The space surrounding the town is a component of a well-known gasoline and cigarette smuggling route linked to Irish republican gangs.

Although the container is registered in northern Ireland, it has been linked to an organization referred to as GTR Trailers, which has headquarters in Dublin, MailOnline experiences.

Waterglade Industrial Park, Eastern Avenue, Grays. WHERE DEAD BODIES HAVE BEEN FOUND IN THE BACK OF A LORRYAll 39 people discovered useless in again of lorry have been Chinese nationals

The firm which hires giant delivery containers to firms throughout Europe was unavailable for remark.

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It is assumed they might have a document of who rented the unit from them and when the container was taken to Zeebrugee.

Migration Watch UK chairman Alp Mehmet referred to as for higher patrols on Britain’s borders to stop future tragedies like this from taking place once more.

He stated: ‘People-trafficking is a sickening enterprise. It continues not solely as a result of the traffickers make big quantities of cash from it however are additionally typically capable of get away with it.

Rex Features Ltd. do not claim any Copyright or License of the attached image Mandatory Credit: Photo by REX (10454570y) First pictures of Mo Robinson, from Northern Ireland, the 25-year-old lorry driver arrested on suspicion of murder after his lorry was discovered in Grays, Essex, today at 1.40am with the dead bodies of 39 people locked inside. CCTV has surfaced showing him driving his red and white Swedish Scania lorry just 30 minutes before it was found full of dead suspected migrants. Robinson's Facebook page reveals he is a lorry driver and contains pictures of what appears to be the same cab as the lorry involved in the deaths Lorry driver arrested after bodies of 39 people found in a lorry container, Grays, Essex, UK - 23 Oct 2019 There is an identical 'The Ultimate Dream' decal on the windscreen with Robinson branding it "the Polar express" on his page. Experts have said the container appears to be refrigerated, and if so temperatures can reach as low as -25C inside. The lorry is believed to have made a journey in excess of 2500 miles from Bulgaria to Brirain and if the refrigeratin was turned on inside then the death of the occupants could have occured in a relatively short space pf time. it is understood the lorry travelled from Bulgaria and entered the UK via a ferry crossing from Dublin to Holyhead in Wales on Saturday. It means the people inside may have been dead for at least four days. Police are now working to establish the identify of the 38 adults and one teenager inside the lorry and say it will be a "lengthy process". Mo Robinson's lorry is pictured here on his "open" Facebook page.
Robinson’s accomplice in Northern Ireland is considered anticipating a child (Picture: REX)
Police drive the lorry container along the road from the scene in Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex, Britain, 23 October 2019. A total of 39 bodies were discovered inside a lorry container in the early hours of this morning, and pronounced dead at the scene.
Police bowed their heads as the lorry containing the 39 our bodies was taken away (Picture: Sky News)

‘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.’

A freight ferry service runs from Zeebrugge to Purfleet, the place safety checks are believed to be stringent than at Calais and Dover.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) stated: ‘We are conscious of this tragic incident which is now the topic of a homicide investigation being led by and we have now deployed NCA officers to help.

‘We are working with partners including Essex Police and Enforcement to provide specialist support to urgently identify and take action against any organised crime groups who might have played a role in causing these deaths.’

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The discovery comes as the National Crime Agency stated the quantity of migrants being smuggled into the UK in containers and lorries has risen in the final 12 months.

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