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39 bodies found in truck in London

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Published on October 26, 2019 with No Comments

British Police found the bodies of 39 people inside a truck at an industrial estate near London and said they had arrested the driver on suspicion of murder.

The discovery of the bodies — 38 adults and one teenager — was made after emergency services were alerted to people in a truck container on an industrial site in Grays, about 30 km east of London.

Police said the trailer had arrived at nearby docks having travelled from Zeebrugge in Belgium and the bodies were found just over an hour later.

The red cab unit of the truck was believed to have originated in Ireland. It had “Ireland” emblazoned on the windscreen along with the message “The Ultimate Dream”. The driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, remained in custody.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was appalled by the news and was receiving regular updates about the investigation which was focused on human trafficking. “We know that this trade is going on – all such traders in human beings should be hunted down and brought to justice,” he said.

All those in the container were pronounced dead at the scene after the emergency services were called to the Waterglade Industrial Park, not far from docks on the River Thames.

Police said the trailer had travelled from Belgium to Purfleet and landed shortly after 12.30 a.m. on October 23 (5 a.m. IST). It left the port on the truck at about 1.05 a.m. and ambulance services notified police about the discovery of the bodies at 1.40 a.m. Originally it was thought both parts of the vehicle had entered Britain at Holyhead in North Wales on October 19 and to have originally started its journey in Bulgaria. The Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said while the vehicle was registered in Bulgaria by a company owned by an Irish woman on June 19, 2017, it had left the next day and never returned. Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said his country had no other connection with the deaths.

 

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