Thirty-nine found dead in a container

Thirty-nine found dead in a container: The British police have launched a murder investigation after 39 people – 38 adults and one teenager – were found dead in a lorry container early on Wednesday morning in an incident likely to be related to human smuggling.

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The Essex police said they were called by colleagues from the ambulance service shortly before 1.40 am following

The discovery of a lorry container with people inside at Waterglade Industrial Park, Eastern Avenue, Grays. The 39 people were pronounced dead at the scene.

Thirty-nine found dead in a container, A 25-year-old-man from Northern Ireland arrested on suspicion of murder, the police said.

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Chief superintendent Andrew Mariner said: “This is a tragic incident where a large number of people have lost their lives. Our enquiries are ongoing to establish what has happened. We are in the process of identifying the victims; however, I anticipate that this could be a lengthy process”.

“We believe the lorry is from Bulgaria and entered the country at Holyhead on Saturday 19 October…We have arrested the lorry driver in connection with the incident which remains in police custody as our enquiries continue”.

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