Horror: 39 bodies found in a truck container in Essex 4 days after it entered the UK
UK police have confirmed 39 people were found in a truck in an industrial estate east of London.
Local police were called to the scene at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex, by ambulance services shortly before 1.40 a.m. local time on Wednesday. It is unclear who alerted the ambulance personnel. Emergency services pronounced all 39 people dead at the scene.
The Scania truck is originally from Bulgaria and had entered the UK at the Welsh port of Holyhead, Wales, where ferries arrive from Ireland.
The trailer is refrigerated, meaning those on board could have frozen to death while trying to get into Britain through the ‘weak point’ of Ireland.
The truck’s driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Police have not said where those who died are from or where they were thought to have been traveling to.
Police have said they believe the truck entered the UK through the Welsh port of Holyhead over the weekend. The route has been described as an unusual but some haulage industry experts have suggested this may have been in a bid to dodge stricter border checks at Calais and Dover.
Bulgaria’s embassy in London is in contact with British authorities to “clarify” circumstances around the truck, Bulgaria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.