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39 bodies found inside lorry container in England

Published: October 23, 2019 14:50:14 | Updated: October 29, 2019 11:23:43


Waterglade Industrial Park in Eastern Avenue - Collected

The bodies of 39 people have been found in a lorry container in Essex in England.

Police were called by the ambulance service shortly before 01:40 BST after the discovery at Waterglade Industrial Park in Eastern Avenue, Grays.

The lorry driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Essex Police said the lorry travelled from Bulgaria and entered the country via Holyhead, Anglesey, on Saturday, the BBC reported.

Early indications are that 38 adults and one teenager have died, the force said.

Ch Supt Andrew Mariner said officers were trying to identify victims but anticipated a "lengthy process".

"We have arrested the lorry driver in connection with the incident, who remains in police custody as our inquiries continue," he said.

'Sickening'

Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was "shocked and saddened by this utterly tragic incident".

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price said it was "sickening news".

"People trafficking is a vile and dangerous business," she tweeted, adding that she hoped Essex Police could "bring these murderers to justice".

In June 2000, the bodies of 58 Chinese immigrants were found in the back of a lorry in Dover. A Dutch lorry driver was jailed the following year for their manslaughter.

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