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.