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Hunting the Essex Lorry Killers: BBC Two documentary about deaths of 39 Vietnamese people near Dartford Crossing airs tonight


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A documentary about catching those responsible for the deaths of 39 Vietnamese people in the back of a lorry will air tonight.

Hunting the Essex Lorry Killers recounts the biggest homicide case in Essex Police's 180-year history.

From left: DI Michelle Stoten, DCI Daniel Stoten, Paul Clark & DCI Greig Avery. Picture: BBC/Expectation Entertainment. Photographer: Jillian Edelstein
From left: DI Michelle Stoten, DCI Daniel Stoten, Paul Clark & DCI Greig Avery. Picture: BBC/Expectation Entertainment. Photographer: Jillian Edelstein
39 people were found dead in a lorry container in Essex Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
39 people were found dead in a lorry container in Essex Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The bodies of 39 Vietnamese men, women and children were discovered in the back of a lorry on an industrial estate in Essex near the Dartford Crossing in 2019.

The hour-long documentary begins with lorry driver Maurice Robinson making a 999 call to the ambulance service saying he had found the bodies in Grays on October 23.

It concludes at the Old Bailey where those convicted of manslaughter were jailed for a combined 92 years.

The show will feature interviews with senior investigating officer DCI Daniel Stoten, family liaison co-ordinator Michelle Stoten and detective constables Greig Avery and Jon Holden.

DCI Stoten said: "This is a tragic case that will stay with me for the rest of my life.

DCI Daniel Stoten. Picture: BBC/ Expectation Entertainment. Photographer: Jillian Edelstein
DCI Daniel Stoten. Picture: BBC/ Expectation Entertainment. Photographer: Jillian Edelstein

"It is my great privilege to have led this investigation, but it doesn’t change the overwhelming sense of loss and sadness that has been felt throughout by us all, by families, friends and by loved ones.

"They are in our thoughts, today and always."

The show will also feature interviews with family members of some victims and other detectives who helped solve the case.

Nguyen Dinh Gia Picture: BBC/Expectation Entertainment/Tung Le
Nguyen Dinh Gia Picture: BBC/Expectation Entertainment/Tung Le

Hunting the Essex Lorry Killers airs on BBC2 at 9pm tonight.

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