Essex Police have found 39 dead bodies in a container. A 25 year old man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of Murder.
It is believed the container came from Ireland to the UK.
Essex Police said: “Emergency services arrived but sadly, 39 people were pronounced dead at the scene.
”Early indications suggest 38 are adults and one aged in their teens.
“A 25-year-old-man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder.”
Sickening news of 39 people found dead in a container in Grays. People trafficking is a vile and dangerous business. This is a big investigation for @EssexPoliceUK Lets hope they bring these murderers to justice— Jackie Doyle-Price (@JackieDP) October 23, 2019
Essex Police Chief Superintendent Andrew Mariner said it will take time to identify all 39 victims.
“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,” he said.
“We believe the lorry is from Bulgaria and entered the country at Holyhead on Saturday 19 October and we are working closely with our partners to investigate.
“We have arrested the lorry driver in connection with the incident who remains in police custody as our enquiries continue. I appreciate this cordon is going to disrupt the activity of local businesses in the area and we will work to ensure that disruption is kept as short as possible. We are working with Thurrock Council to mitigate against any impact our investigation scene will have locally.”