Mo Robinson, 25, is believed to have driven from his home in a small village near Portadown, Northern Ireland, over the weekend and collected the trailer from the port of Purfleet late last night.
His lorry was later seen driving into the Waterglade Industrial Park in Thurrock, where ambulance crews and police attended and found 39 people dead in the back, including a teenager.
The trailer was delivered to Purfleet by ship from the Belgian Port of Zeebrugge at around midnight last night. CCTV shows Robinson driving into the industrial estate at 1.10am and the police were called around half an hour later. The origin of the container before it got to Purfleet is not known.
Robinson regularly posts about the Bulgarian-registered Scania truck on his Instagram and Facebook pages, referring to it as ‘the Scandinavian Express’ and ‘the Polar Express’.
The lorry was reportedly registered in Bulgaria by an Irish company in 2017, then driven out of the eastern-European country to Northern Ireland.
A haulage boss in Northern Ireland told MailOnline: ‘I’ve been told that Mo Robinson was the one who was driving the truck, but he doesn’t own it. It’s owned by a local lorry business.’
Mo Robinson is the truck driver arrested