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Police Launch Murder Investigation After 39 Bodies Found In Essex Lorry Container

Police Launch Murder Investigation After 39 Bodies Found In Essex Lorry Container

Police are questioning a 25-year-old man after discovering 39 bodies in an Essex lorry container.

Joanna Freedman

Joanna Freedman

A huge police investigation is underway after 39 bodies were found in a lorry container in Essex.

Essex Police made the shocking discovery at an industrial estate in the early hours of Wednesday 23rd October.

Emergency services flocked to Waterglade Industrial Park, in Grays, Essex, at around 1.40am where 39 people were pronounced dead at the scene.

Tragically, early indications suggest that at least one body is that of a teenager.

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The reports state a 25-year-old-man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

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

Essex Police Chief Superintendent Andrew Mariner said: "This is a tragic incident where a large number of people have lost their lives.

"Our enquiries are ongoing to establish what has happened.We are in the process of identifying the victims, however I anticipate that this could be a lengthy process.

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"We believe the lorry is from Bulgaria and entered the country at Holyhead on Saturday 19 October and we are working closely with our partners to investigate.

"We have arrested the lorry driver in connection with the incident who remains in police custody as our enquiries continue.

"I appreciate this cordon is going to disrupt the activity of local businesses in the area and we will work to ensure that disruption is kept as short as possible.

"We are working with Thurrock Council to mitigate against any impact our investigation scene will have locally."

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Paige Wade was driving past the industrial park at 4.15am on the way home from work.

She told the PA news agency: "I had just finished work while driving up Motherwell Way and all you could see was blue flashing lights, as I was driving past there was police tape to cordon off the start of eastern avenue.

"I knew it was serious because of how many police cars and ambulances were there, but the police had parked their cars across the whole access of the road so you couldn't see anything."

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