On Wednesday, the UK Police has said that thirty-nine dead bodies were found inside the container of a truck, near London, coming from Bulgaria.  

Essex Police informed that the people were all dead at the spot in an industrial park in Grays, East of London. It indicates suggest that the victims are thirty-eight adults and one teenager. 

A 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland has been detained on suspicion of murder. 

Essex Police Chief Superintendent Andrew Mariner has said that “this is a tragic incident where a large number of people have lost their lives.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed “appalled” at the news and sent his sympathies to the victims’ families.

PM Johnson said, “I’m appalled by this tragic incident in Essex,” adding that “I am receiving regular updates and the Home Office will work closely with Essex Police as we establish exactly what has happened.”

“My thoughts are with all those who lost their lives and their loved ones,” stated the British Prime Minister.

Victims Are Identified

Essex Police has said that they were notified by the ambulance service shortly ahead of 1:40 AM, followed by the discovery of a truck container with dead people inside at the Waterglade Industrial Park.

SP Mariner said, “We are in the process of identifying the victims. However, I anticipate that this could be a lengthy process,” adding that “we believe the lorry is from Bulgaria.”

He continued, “We have arrested the lorry driver in connection with the incident who remains in police custody as our enquiries continue.”

Mr. Mariner also informed that it was the truck that entered the United Kingdom on October 20 at Holyhead on the Northwest tip of Wales – one of the key ports for ferries from Ireland. 

The Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom aren’t in the European Union’s no-borders Schengen region but have their own historic Common Travel Area, indicated that there are no checks on the movement of people or goods between the two. 

The Road Haulage Association’s Chief Executive Richard Burnett is representing the truck drivers in Britain, has said that “our thoughts are with the families of the deceased but whatever the circumstances, it highlights the danger of migrant gangs people-smuggling on lorries.”

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price has said that the news was “sickening”, adding that “people trafficking is a vile and dangerous business.” 

She continued, “Let’s hope they bring these murderers to justice.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel is representing the Essex Constituency has said that she was “shocked and saddened by this utterly tragic incident.”

She further stated, “Essex Police has arrested an individual and we must give them the space to conduct their investigations.”

However, these kinds of cases are very rare in Britain. 

In 2014, the staff at the Tilbury Container Port was heard screaming and banging coming from inside a shipping container, after which they 34 Afghan Sikhs alive inside suffering from severe dehydration, hypothermia as well as lack of air.

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