39 bodies found in lorry container

Essex Police: 39 bodies found in lorry container

A cordon has been put in place and Waterglade Industrial Park is closed off

The bodies of 39 people have been found in a lorry container in Essex.

Police were called by the ambulance service shortly before 01:40 BST after the discovery at Waterglade Industrial Park in Eastern Avenue, Grays.

The lorry driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Essex Police said the vehicle travelled from Bulgaria and entered the country via Holyhead, Anglesey, on Saturday.

Early indications are that 38 adults and one teenager have died, the force said. Police would not say whether any survivors were found in the lorry.

Ch Supt Andrew Mariner said officers were trying to identify victims but anticipated a "lengthy process".

"We have arrested the lorry driver in connection with the incident, who remains in police custody as our inquiries continue," he said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was "appalled by this tragic incident"

He said: "I am receiving regular updates and the Home Office will work closely with Essex Police as we establish exactly what has happened. My thoughts are with all those who lost their lives and their loved ones."


Home Secretary Priti Patel said she was "shocked and saddened by this utterly tragic incident".

Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price said it was "sickening news".

"People trafficking is a vile and dangerous business," she tweeted, adding that she hoped Essex Police could "bring these murderers to justice".

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The ambulance service called Essex Police to the scene at 01:40 BST
Glen Freeland, from GSF Car Parts, which is close to where the bodies were found, said staff could not access their premises on Eastern Avenue.

"The manager went to get into work this morning and it was cordoned off and we've been moved to a different area," Mr Freeland said.

In June 2000, 58 Chinese immigrants were found suffocated to death in the back of a lorry in Dover. There were two survivors.

A Dutch lorry driver was jailed the following year for manslaughter.
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One more reason to leave the EU.

You only have to walk the streets of Bolton at night to see why so many people voted for Brexit.

Wandering the streets of Bolton at night after work and I hardly see any English people. It's literally like being a foreign country. Most people I see are foreigners, Middle Easterners and Eastern Europeans, jabbering away in their own languages. And they'll be out causing trouble, partaking in a bit of pickpocketing. None of them will work. They'll be living on benefits. The Eastern Europeans, of course, will be here courtesy of EU free movement. Whereas independent countries like Canada can control the quantity and quality of who they let in - for example, doctors - Britain can't with EU citizens. They are free to just enter the country regardless of who they are and not even work. Just claim a shitload of benefits and then hang around in gangs on the streets at night breaking the law.

Bring in Brexit and an end to free movement.
Naked' lorry victims fought to escape and banged for help: Police found bloody handprints on the door handle and walls of freezing -25C 'coffin' where 39 migrants died at the hands of people smugglers

The 39 migrants who died after being locked in a freezing container en-route to the UK left 'bloody handprints' in the container where their bodies were found. It is grim evidence of the victims' desperate final moments while locked inside the container that was loaded onto a ferry in Zeebrugge in Belgium in a people smuggling operations, before the shocking discovery at an Essex port on Wednesday. Sources have now claimed that the migrants, six of whom were thought to have been Vietnamese, were naked or had minimal clothing when they were found in the container on Wednesday in Purfleet, Essex. It is also believed that the Vietnamese migrants are all from the Can Loc district in northern Vietnam and had been 'banging on the doors' for help. Vietnamese woman Pham Thi Tra My (left) sent her mother a series of harrowing messages telling her she 'loved her' and was 'dying because she couldn't breathe.' At least of those found in the container may have been Vietnamese and the family of 20-year-old Nguyen Dinh Luong (right) have now said they are concerned for his safety (inset, a map showing were the migrants are thought to have travelled from).
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Had cell phones but never thought to call 911?

They wouldn't have got them very far had they phoned 911 in the UK. That phone number doesn't exist.

The UK's emergency number is 999. It's the oldest emergency number in the world in the oldest public telephone system in the world.
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Chinese take-away

I might go and get a Chinese tonught. The Lucky Star on Deane Road does great deep-fried crab claws.
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I might go and get a Chinese tonught. The Lucky Star on Deane Road does great deep-fried crab claws.

Get ginger crab. The best of Cantonese ...
Ya just never know what's in the Chinese food, right? Maybe even Chinese people.
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Ya just never know what's in the Chinese food, right? Maybe even Chinese people.

Since crab are garbage eaters it is possible.. all those feet that wash up on BC beaches had bodies attached at one time.
Must have been an error with setting the temperature. It was supposed to be probably warmer.
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22 November 2019

Maurice Robinson

A man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of 39 people found in the back of a lorry in Essex.

The bodies were found in a refrigerated container in Thurrock on 23 October.

A 23-year-old man from Northern Ireland was detained in the early hours of Friday on the M40 in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire.

Essex Police said he would be questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration.

The people found dead, who were from Vietnam, were eight women and 31 men. Ten teenagers, including two 15-year-old boys, were among the victims.

Lorry driver Maurice Robinson, 25, has been charged with 39 counts of manslaughter.

Three other people who were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people have been released on bail.

Police also started the extradition of a County Down lorry driver at the High Court in Dublin.

Essex Police is seeking the extradition of Eamonn Harrison, 22, a truck driver from Mayobridge, County Down, who is being held in the Republic of Ireland.

Eamonn Harrison

He appeared at Dublin's Central Criminal Court on Thursday after he was arrested on a European arrest warrant in respect of 39 counts of manslaughter, one count of a human trafficking offence and one count of assisting unlawful immigration.

The court heard that the UK authorities say Mr Harrison drove the truck with the refrigerated container to Zeebrugge in Belgium before it was collected in Essex by Craigavon driver Maurice Robinson.

Mr Robinson, 25, of Laurel Drive, Craigavon, County Armagh, appeared in court in Chelmsford on 28 October.

He will next appear at the Old Bailey in London on Monday.

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