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Essex truck deaths: Police release names of all 39 victims

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The group of migrants who died in a lorry container which was shipped to Essex included 10 teenagers, two of whom were just 15, it emerged today. 

The Vietnamese group were found in the back of the refrigerated truck in Grays, Essex in the early hours of October 23. 

Police today released the names, ages and home provinces of all of those who perished in the air-tight container. 

The group were made up of eight women, three boys and 28 men. The eldest was 44 and the youngest was 15.

The announcement will confirm the worst fears of many families in Vietnam, who had not heard from their loved ones and feared they were among those who perished.

Pham Tra My, 26, has been confirmed as among the 39 people who died in a lorry in Essex

Pham Tra My, 26, has been confirmed as among the 39 people who died in a lorry in Essex

Pham Tra My, 26, has been confirmed as among the 39 people who died in a lorry in Essex

Pham Tra My, 26, has been confirmed as among the 39 people who died in a lorry in Essex

Pham Tra My, 26, has been confirmed as among the 39 people who died in a lorry in Essex

Fifteen-year-old Nguyen Huy Hung was the youngest of the group, 10 of whom were teenagers

Fifteen-year-old Nguyen Huy Hung was the youngest of the group, 10 of whom were teenagers

Nguyen Dinh Lurong, 20, was also named among those who died

Nguyen Dinh Lurong, 20, was also named among those who died

Fifteen-year-old Nguyen Huy Hung (left) was the youngest of the group, 10 of whom were teenagers. Nguyen Dinh Lurong, 20, (right) was also named among those who died

Thirty of the group were from Vietnam’s poverty-stricken provinces of Nghe An and Ha Tinh, which are said to be the heartlands of the country’s trafficking trade.

The group died in a container, which had been shipped to the Essex port of Purfleet from Zeebrugge in Belgium. 

The driver of the lorry, Mo Robinson, 25, has appeared in court charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, conspiracy to traffic people, conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration and money laundering. 

Extradition proceedings have started to bring another lorry driver, 22-year-old Eamonn Harrison, from Ireland to the UK. 

Harrison, of Newry in Co Down, Northern Ireland, appeared at Dublin High Court last week charged with 39 counts of manslaughter, along with human trafficking and immigration offences, and was remanded in custody. 

Detectives are also hunting Ronan Hughes, 40, and his brother Christopher, 34, who are said to have links with the road haulage and shipping industries, to hand themselves in. 

The group were were from five provinces in the central, coastal area of Vietnam and two provinces near Hanoi

The group were were from five provinces in the central, coastal area of Vietnam and two provinces near Hanoi

The group were were from five provinces in the central, coastal area of Vietnam and two provinces near Hanoi

A police officer at the scene where the lorry was discovered in Grays, Essex, on October 23

A police officer at the scene where the lorry was discovered in Grays, Essex, on October 23

A police officer at the scene where the lorry was discovered in Grays, Essex, on October 23

Who were the 39 people who died in the Esssex lorry container? 

These are the names of the victims of the Essex truck tragedy are: 

 Pham Thi Tra My, a 26-year-old woman from Ha Tinh

Nguyen Dinh Lurong, a 20-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Nguyen Huy Phong, a 35-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Vo Nhan Du, a 19-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Tran Manh Hung, a 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Tran Khanh Tho, a 18-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Vo Van Linh, a 25-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Nguyen Van Nhan, a 33-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Bui Phan Thang, a 37-year-old man from Ha Tinh

Nguyen Huy Hung, a 15-year-old boy from Ha Tinh

Tran Thi Tho, a 21-year-old woman from Nghe An

Bui Thi Nhung, a 19-year-old woman from Nghe An

Vo Ngoc Nam, a 28-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Dinh Tu, a 26-year-old man from Nghe An

Le Van Ha, a 30-year-old man from Nghe An

Tran Thi Ngoc, a 19-year-old woman from Nghe An

Nguyen Van Hung, a 33-year-old man from Nghe An

Hoang Van Tiep, a 18-year-old man from Nghe An

Cao Tien Dung, a 37-year-old man from Nghe An

Cao Huy Thanh, a 33-year-old man from Nghe An

Tran Thi Mai Nhung, a 18-year-old woman from Nghe An

Nguyen Minh Quang, a 20-year-old man from Nghe An

Le Trong Thanh, a 44-year-old man from Dien Chau

Pham Thi Ngoc Oanh, a 28-year-old woman from Nghe An

Hoang Van Hoi, a 24-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Tho Tuan, a 25-year-old man from Nghe An

Dang Huu Tuyen, a 22-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Trong Thai, a 26-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Van Hiep, a 24-year-old man from Nghe An

Nguyen Thi Van, a 35-year-old woman from Nghe An

Tran Hai Loc, a 35-year-old man from Nghe An

Duong Minh Tuan, a 27-year-old man from Quang Binh

Nguyen Ngoc Ha, a 32-year-old man from Quang Binh

Nguyen Tien Dung, a 33-year-old man from Quang, Binh

Phan Thi Thanh, a 41-year-old woman from Hai Phong

Nguyen Ba Vu Hung, a 34-year-old man from Thua Tien Hue

Dinh Dinh Thai Quyen, a 18-year-old man from Hai Phong

Tran Ngoc Hieu, a 17-year-old boy from Hai Duong

Dinh Dinh Binh, a 15-year-old boy from Hai Phong

The vast majority of those named today are from Ha Tinh and Nghe An. 

The two coastal districts sit on the Gulf of Tonkin between Vietnam and China – an area of the South China Sea considered one of the world’s richest fishing grounds.

But a toxic spill three years ago destroyed stocks – earning it the nickname ‘the poisoned coast’ – and many young people have seen the decimation of the industry as a further incentive to be trafficked abroad by gangsters charging up to £30,000 per person.

Lorry driver Mo Robinson has been charged with manslaughter

Lorry driver Mo Robinson has been charged with manslaughter

Eamon Harrison, who faces extradition over the deaths

Eamon Harrison, who faces extradition over the deaths

Lorry driver Mo Robinson (left) has been charged with manslaughter. Eamonn Harrison (right) faces extradition over the deaths

Police are hunting Ronan Hughes

Police are hunting Ronan Hughes

Police are hunting Christopher Hughes

Police are hunting Christopher Hughes

Police are hunting Ronan Hughes (left) and his brother Christopher (right)

Speaking after the names were announced today, Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith said: ‘This was an incredibly important process and our team has been working hard to bring answers to worried families who fear their loved one may be among those whose tragic journey ended on our shores.

‘Our priority has been to identify the victims, to preserve the dignity of those who have died and to support the victims’ friends and families.

‘It remained of paramount importance to us to ensure that an individual’s next of kin were informed, and that they were given some time to absorb this tragic news before we publicly confirmed their loved one’s identity.

‘We have worked closely with the National Crime Agency, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Vietnamese Authorities to identify and locate their families.

Her Majesty’s Senior Coroner, Mrs Caroline Beasley-Murray said: ‘May I take this opportunity to offer my deepest condolences to the victims’ families. My thoughts are with them at this unimaginably difficult time.’

We can confirm having liaised with the Vietnamese authorities that the people who died were:

 

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Boy collapses and dies after suffering an asthma attack at home

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'Heart of gold': Owen Rodda, 16, died of an asthma attack after spending a day with friends on November 24 last year

'Heart of gold': Owen Rodda, 16, died of an asthma attack after spending a day with friends on November 24 last year

‘Heart of gold’: Owen Rodda, 16, died of an asthma attack after spending a day with friends on November 24 last year

A 16-year-old boy described as having a ‘heart of gold’ has died of an asthma attack after returning home with a very tight chest.

Owen Rodda, of Aberdare, Wales, complained of severe breathing problems after spending the day with friends on November 24 last year.

His father Paul called emergency services while a friend rang the police who performed CPR on him. 

Owen, who was an avid BMX biker, was then rushed to A&E at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthy Tydfil, where he was later pronounced dead. 

Mother Christine has shared her heartbreak and described her son as ‘such a character – the life and soul’.

She told the Mirror: ‘He was the class clown and had a wicked sense of humour, but he would always be there for his friends when they were going through tough times. He would help anyone.’

Never forget: A balloon release is expected to take place at Owen's memorial at Aberdare Skate Park (pictured) on November 24, to mark the one-year anniversary. The teenager's mother Christine has praised the support of the 2 Wish Upon A Star charity but claimed the 'the hospital didn't do anything. It was all very clinical'

Never forget: A balloon release is expected to take place at Owen's memorial at Aberdare Skate Park (pictured) on November 24, to mark the one-year anniversary. The teenager's mother Christine has praised the support of the 2 Wish Upon A Star charity but claimed the 'the hospital didn't do anything. It was all very clinical'

Never forget: A balloon release is expected to take place at Owen’s memorial at Aberdare Skate Park (pictured) on November 24, to mark the one-year anniversary. The teenager’s mother Christine has praised the support of the 2 Wish Upon A Star charity but claimed the ‘the hospital didn’t do anything. It was all very clinical’

Owen, who was diagnosed with asthma at two years old, had previously had two attacks but ‘nothing compared to this one’.

Christine had not seen her son all day and recalled texting him to shut the front gate on his arrival home around 10pm. She said ‘as soon as he came home, he couldn’t breathe’.

The devastated mother claimed the inhaler was not working and the parents rang the ambulance when Owen ‘really started struggling’ to catch his breath.

She said it was ‘all just a blur’ since he walked through the front door.        

Owen had been diagnosed with asthma at two years old but his previous experiences 'were nothing compared to this', according to Christine. She has described her son as 'such a character' with a 'wicked sense of humour'

Owen had been diagnosed with asthma at two years old but his previous experiences 'were nothing compared to this', according to Christine. She has described her son as 'such a character' with a 'wicked sense of humour'

Owen had been diagnosed with asthma at two years old but his previous experiences ‘were nothing compared to this’, according to Christine. She has described her son as ‘such a character’ with a ‘wicked sense of humour’

‘We went into a room at the hospital where the doctor explained what was going on.

‘We were asked if we wanted to see Owen in resus, but when I witnessed them working on him I just fell to pieces.’

Christine and Paul were given a memory box from the 2 Wish Upon A Star charity which specialises in helping bereaved families.

The mother said Prince Charles Hospital in Merthy Tydfil, 'didn't take [them] aside and explain what the next steps were' regarding their son and left the parents feeling 'very alone'

The mother said Prince Charles Hospital in Merthy Tydfil, 'didn't take [them] aside and explain what the next steps were' regarding their son and left the parents feeling 'very alone'

The mother said Prince Charles Hospital in Merthy Tydfil, ‘didn’t take [them] aside and explain what the next steps were’ regarding their son and left the parents feeling ‘very alone’

Meanwhile the Welsh parents claim they received no bereavement support from the NHS. 

The mother said: ‘The hospital didn’t do anything. It was all very clinical. They didn’t take us aside, give us a coffee and explain what the next steps were. We felt very alone.’

A balloon release is expected to take place at Owen’s memorial at Aberdare Skate Park on November 24, to mark the one-year anniversary.         

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Prince Harry arrives at the Royal Albert Hall for the inaugural OnSide Awards

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Prince Harry was seen arriving at London‘s Royal Albert Hall for an inaugural award show for inspirational young people.

The show is run by charity OnSide, which develops 21st century youth facilities across the UK.

Earlier this year, the Duke of Sussex opened one of the sites and met young people involved in the centre.

Prince Harry was seen arriving at London's Royal Albert Hall for an inaugural award show for inspirational young people

Prince Harry was seen arriving at London's Royal Albert Hall for an inaugural award show for inspirational young people

For tonight's show, the Duke donned navy trousers, a blue blazer and white shirt that he paired with tan-coloured shoes

For tonight's show, the Duke donned navy trousers, a blue blazer and white shirt that he paired with tan-coloured shoes

Prince Harry was seen arriving at London’s Royal Albert Hall for an inaugural award show for inspirational young people

For tonight’s show, the Duke donned navy trousers, a blue blazer and white shirt which he paired with tan-coloured shoes. 

The Duke is to present the Health and Wellbeing Award this evening.

The show will also feature various performances from young people across the capital.

The charity posted on Twitter: ‘We are thrilled to announce that HRH The Duke of Sussex will be joining us at the inaugural Onside Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on 17th November to celebrate our extraordinary young people.’

They later added: ‘We are honoured to welcome HRH the Duke of Sussex to the Onside Awards here at the Royal Albert Hall.  

The charity shared a picture of Prince Harry meeting some of the award nominees at the show tonight

The charity shared a picture of Prince Harry meeting some of the award nominees at the show tonight

The charity shared a picture of Prince Harry meeting some of the award nominees at the show tonight

Onside Youth Zones Twitter account tweeted a picture of the Duke with a caption saying they are 'honoured' to welcome him

Onside Youth Zones Twitter account tweeted a picture of the Duke with a caption saying they are 'honoured' to welcome him

Onside Youth Zones Twitter account tweeted a picture of the Duke with a caption saying they are ‘honoured’ to welcome him

All smiles: The Duke is to present the Health and Wellbeing Award this evening

All smiles: The Duke is to present the Health and Wellbeing Award this evening

Tonight's show will also feature various performances from young people across the capital. Pictured: Prince Harry arriving for the show

Tonight's show will also feature various performances from young people across the capital. Pictured: Prince Harry arriving for the show

All smiles: The Duke is to present the Health and Wellbeing Award this evening. The show will also feature various performances from young people across the capital

‘The Duke is meeting our incredible nominees and acts and will present the Health and Wellbeing Award after the interval.’

In April, the Duke opened the charity’s Youth Zone in East London’s Barking and Dagenham which aims to provide young people with more activities.

He shared a gallery of pictures to his 4.4 million followers on his official Instagram account shortly after the visit. 

The charity posted on Twitter: 'We are thrilled to announce that HRH The Duke of Sussex will be joining us at the inaugural Onside Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on 17th November to celebrate our extraordinary young people'. Pictured: Prince Harry getting out of a car as he arrives for the show

The charity posted on Twitter: 'We are thrilled to announce that HRH The Duke of Sussex will be joining us at the inaugural Onside Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on 17th November to celebrate our extraordinary young people'. Pictured: Prince Harry getting out of a car as he arrives for the show

The charity posted on Twitter: ‘We are thrilled to announce that HRH The Duke of Sussex will be joining us at the inaugural Onside Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on 17th November to celebrate our extraordinary young people’. Pictured: Prince Harry getting out of a car as he arrives for the show

The charity later added: 'We are honoured to welcome HRH the Duke of Sussex (pictured) to the Onside Awards here at the Royal Albert Hall'

The charity later added: 'We are honoured to welcome HRH the Duke of Sussex (pictured) to the Onside Awards here at the Royal Albert Hall'

The charity later added: ‘We are honoured to welcome HRH the Duke of Sussex (pictured) to the Onside Awards here at the Royal Albert Hall’

In April, the Duke opened the charity's Youth Zone in East London's Barking and Dagenham which aims to provide young people with more activities. Pictured: At Royal Albert Hall this evening

In April, the Duke opened the charity's Youth Zone in East London's Barking and Dagenham which aims to provide young people with more activities. Pictured: At Royal Albert Hall this evening

In April, the Duke opened the charity’s Youth Zone in East London’s Barking and Dagenham which aims to provide young people with more activities. Pictured: At Royal Albert Hall this evening

Dressed in a smart grey blazer and crisp white shirt, Harry cut a handsome figure as he spoke to employees at the new space.

‘Future’ Youth Zone provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves, build key skills and raise their aspirations and confidence to create a happier and healthier generation. 

Once inside he greeted a delighted well-wisher, accepting what appeared to be a baby gift from the youngster before exploring the facilities.

Back in April, Prince Harry met young people at the ‘Future’ Youth Zone. The centre provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves

Back in April, Prince Harry met young people at the ‘Future’ Youth Zone. The centre provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves

Back in April, Prince Harry met young people at the ‘Future’ Youth Zone. The centre provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves

The centre provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves, build key skills and raise their aspirations and confidence to create a happier and healthier generation. Pictured: Earlier this year

The centre provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves, build key skills and raise their aspirations and confidence to create a happier and healthier generation. Pictured: Earlier this year

The centre provides a safe environment where young people can come and enjoy themselves, build key skills and raise their aspirations and confidence to create a happier and healthier generation. Pictured: Earlier this year

The Duke of Sussex spoke with young members and took part in activities at the centre earlier this year

The Duke of Sussex spoke with young members and took part in activities at the centre earlier this year

The Duke of Sussex spoke with young members and took part in activities at the centre earlier this year

The Duke visited the Hive Wirral Youth Zone in January 2019 with The Duchess.

The couple are set to take a six-week break after the event tonight when Harry will likely travel to the US and spend Thanksgiving with Doria, 63.

It had been thought they would return to Sandringham for Christmas but they informed Her Majesty, 93, that they will not be joining her and Prince Philip, 98 this year. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit the Hive, Wirral, Youth Zone as part of a visit to Birkenhead in January

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit the Hive, Wirral, Youth Zone as part of a visit to Birkenhead in January

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit the Hive, Wirral, Youth Zone as part of a visit to Birkenhead in January

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Prince Andrew warned his ‘disastrous’ TV interview could be used against him in court

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A solicitor has warned that comments made by the Duke of York regarding sex allegations he has faced could one day be used against him in court.

Anna Rothwell, from the criminal law firm Corker Binning, said she would “never advise” her clients to speak publicly about their allegations if they were under investigation.

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She said Prince Andrew’s attempt to try to publicly defend his reputation on BBC Newsnight in the wake of Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal was “pretty disastrous”.

“I think talking full stop in circumstances where you are under investigation is unwise,” Ms Rothwell told the PA news agency.

“He didn’t have a full answer for quite a number of aspects he was questioned about.

“Anything he has said, if he were to be prosecuted, could be used to cross-examine him.

“The less you say, the better, and that is often why you advise people to answer ‘no comment’ at the police station.”

In September, the Sunday Times reported the FBI had expanded its investigation to identify alleged human trafficking victims of Epstein.

Citing unidentified sources from the US Department of Justice, the newspaper said the FBI was looking to “several” potential victims in the hope they can provide more details about Andrew and his involvement in the case.

Vulnerable to extradition

Rothwell said the duke’s position as a royal would not entitle him to “any form of immunity” and he was “vulnerable to extradition”.

She said any attempts by the US to seek extradition would “likely cause a diplomatic incident”.

Andrew said in his televised interview on Saturday he had no regrets about his friendship with convicted paedophile Epstein, who was found dead in his prison cell earlier this year while facing sex trafficking charges.

He also faced questions about Virginia Giuffre, formerly known as Virginia Roberts, who is one of 16 women who claim they were abused by disgraced financier Epstein.

The Duke of York sitting in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

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Giuffre has alleged in court documents she “was forced to have sexual relations with this prince when she was a minor”.

She said they had sex in London and New York and she alleged that later, when she was aged 18, they had sex again on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein where an orgy took place.

Her allegations were struck from US civil court records in 2015 after a judge said they were “immaterial and impertinent”.

The duke denied sleeping with Giuffre on three separate occasions when quizzed by Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis.

Asked if he regretted the “whole friendship with Epstein”, Andrew said: “Now, still not, and the reason being is that the people that I met and the opportunities that I was given to learn either by him or because of him were actually very useful.”

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