39 Bodies Found In Essex Container

(BBC News) – We’re now bringing this live page on the discovery of 39 bodies in a lorry container to a close.

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The bodies were discovered in a container at Waterglade Industrial Estate in Grays, Essex in the early hours of Wednesday morning

Police were alerted to the container by the ambulance service

Everyone inside the container, 38 adults and one teenager, died

The lorry driver, named locally as 25-year-old Mo Robinson, from Northern Ireland, was arrested on suspicion of murder

Essex Police believe the trailer arrived via ferry from Zeebrugge, Belgium, into Purfleet on the River Thames at 00:30, while the cab originated from Northern Ireland

Container and lorry then left the port together about 35 minutes later

Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills said identifying the victims remained a “number one priority”, but was expected to be a “lengthy process”

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.