UK police say 39 Vietnamese died from lack of oxygen, overheating

LONDON: Thirty-nine Vietnamese migrants found in the back of a truck in Britain last year died of lack of oxygen and overheating, police said on Tuesday (Feb 11) citing provisional autopsy results.

The victims were found dead in a refrigeration trailer in the county of Essex, east of London, on Oct 23 last year after having been transported by ferry from Belgium.

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"All post-mortem examinations have now been completed and we await the final reports for all 39 victims," Essex police said in a statement.

"The provisional cause of death for those in the lorry was a combination of hypoxia (lack of oxygen) and hyperthermia (overheating) in an enclosed space."

The force said they had made two more arrests in connection with the deaths and wanted to know more about two similar journeys made on Oct 11 and Oct 18.

"It is believed that lorries were used to facilitate the unlawful entry of people into the country via Purfleet," the statement said, referring to the port the Vietnamese came through.

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"We believe that these people, or anyone who had knowledge of the journeys, has crucial information to assist our inquiry."

They said a 22-year-old man had been arrested in Northern Ireland on Sunday on suspicion of manslaughter and facilitating unlawful immigration.

Meanwhile, Gheorghe Nica, 43, from Essex, was detained on a European Arrest Warrant at Frankfurt Airport on Jan 29 and has been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter.

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