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39 Bodies Found in Tractor-Trailer in Southeast England

HeadlineOct 24, 2019

Elsewhere in Britain, police have launched one of the largest murder investigations in decades after the bodies of 39 people were discovered in the back of a tractor-trailer at an industrial park east of London. The truck had a refrigerator unit; it was not immediately clear if the victims froze to death or suffocated. The Essex police department said the deaths were likely the result of human trafficking. A police spokesperson said the truck had a Bulgarian license plate and entered the U.K. on October 19.

Pippa Mills: “Emergency services attended, but, sadly, all 39 people inside the container had died. Early indications suggest that one of these people was a teenager. The rest are believed to be adults. A murder investigation was launched, and the lorry driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.”

All of the 39 people who died are believed to be Chinese nationals.

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