TRUCK FOUND WITH 39 DEAD BODIES WITHIN
On Wednesday morning at 1:40am, the truck with a trailer registered in Bulgaria, and is believed to have come from Zeebrugge in Belgium were discovered to have 39 dead bodies in the trailer. The truck traveled from Holyhead, where it is believed to have traveled from Northern Ireland, in an attempt to avoid any searches for human trafficking at Calais or Dover.
Initially, an ambulance was called by Essex Police upon discovery in the Thurrock area, and pronounced all 39 people dead at the scene, with none of their identities or nationalities being given.
The lorry driver, who is believed to be a 25 year old Norther Irish national under the name of Mo Robinson has been arrested upon suspicion of murder.
On Thursday, Essex police confirmed that all 39 people found dead in the lorry from Northern Ireland to be Chinese nationals, including 31 men, and 8 women.
Police have started to search three properties in Northern Ireland in relation to the incident, and the lorry driver remains in custody.
Belgian authorities believe that the lorry went to the UK from Zeebrugge at 2:49pm on Tuesday, which arrived in Purfleet at midnight, Wednesday. Belgium has said that they are not certain when and where the 39 victims were placed into the trailer, and they said that they will continue to work with the UK police force to find out what happened.
Before each victim found within the trailer is identified, each person is required to under-go a full coroner process to find the cause of their deaths, which will be a "substantial operation and, at this stage, we cannot estimate how long these procedures will take."