39 Found Dead in Truck in Essex lorry sparking

39 Found Dead in Truck in Essex lorry sparking
39 Found Dead in Truck in Essex lorry sparking

A murder probe has been launched after 39 dead bodies – including a teenager – were discovered in a lorry in Essex.

The 25-year-old lorry driver, from Northern Ireland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the grisly discovery in an industrial park in Grays at 1.40am.

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It is understood the lorry was from Bulgaria and entered the UK in Holyhead, Wales, on Saturday – suggesting it originally came over on a ferry from Dublin, Ireland.

The lorry would then have driven through England before ending up at the industrial estate in Essex in the early hours of this morning.

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It comes after an alarming report last year found people smugglers were targeting the Irish border as they saw it as a weak point in the UK border.

Migrants were taken from Calais and Dunkirk and flown to Dublin, from where they cross the Irish border and travel onwards to London.

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Cops have now launched one of the biggest murder probes in the history of the UK.

Local Tory MP Jackie Doyle-Price suggested people smugglers may be to blame for the tragedy.