UK police formally identify 39 victims found dead in container truck

Bui Phan Chinh father of 37-year-old of Bui Phan Thang who is feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain

Thirty-nine people found dead inside a truck container in southeastern England have been formally identified as Vietnamese nationals, according to Essex police.

It came as British police confirmed that those discovered in the refrigerated truck on October 23 all came from the southeast Asian nation.

They were from Hai Phong City and Hai Duong Province in northern Vietnam, and the central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Thua Thien-Hue.

Officers had been working with Vietnamese authorities in their efforts to identify the victims.

The Vietnamese embassy in London said it was "in deep sorrow, we would like to convey our profound condolences and sympathy to the bereaved families".

Beasley-Murray said that the identification of the victims was a very important step in the investigation since it enabled the United Kingdom police to work with Vietnamese colleagues to support the families of the victims.

'Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of those whose tragic journey ended on our shores'.

The Vietnamese government cooperated with United Kingdom local police to identify the bodies.

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"This is the pain of not only the victims' families but also the entire community and of each Vietnamese and people around the world", he wrote in the message.

Several families of the suspected victims told AFP their relatives were seeking better lives overseas, and they were now anxious about how to repay thousands of dollars of debt their children took on for the ill-fated trip.

In his letter, the Vietnamese prime minister called for more global cooperation "to eliminate this especially risky crime. and seriously punish the criminals".

But many people in Vietnam complained that their family members may have been involved in the incident.

Maurice Robinson, 25, has been charged after 39 bodies were found inside a shipping container in the UK.

Essex Police continues to lead the investigation, working with the National Crime Agency and with European law enforcement colleagues.

Vietnamese and United Kingdom authorities are cooperating to continue supporting the families and further investigate the incident.

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