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Huge support for NI truck driver implicated in Essex tragedy

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Truck drivers throughout Ireland and the UK have been showing their support for the Northern Ireland truck driver that has been caught up in the Essex tragedy, where 39 migrants were found dead in the back of a refrigerated trailer on Wednesday morning.

The trailer containing the victims arrived by ferry from Zeebrugge in Belgium early on Wednesday morning, where it was collected by a tractor unit, driven by a Northern Ireland truck driver.

The trailer arrived at Purfleet on a ferry from Zeebrugge at 12.30am on Wednesday, and was driven away by the truck 35 minutes later, at 1.05am.

A short time later ambulance crews discovered the bodies in the back of the refrigerated unit.

There has been over whelming support for the NI truck driver on social media with messages of support, coming from drivers all over the UK and Ireland.

There has also been condemnation of media outlets that have named the driver, who has the presumption of innocence until found guilty.

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