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Police found 39 people dead inside a lorry container in Essex early this morning
It is thought the lorry is originally from Bulgaria and entered Britain at Holyhead
The lorry’s driver, a 25-year-old from Northern Ireland, has been arrested
Truck entered the UK on Saturday, suggesting victims were inside for four days
By Richard Spillett and Mark Duell for MailOnline
Police have launched one of the UK’s biggest ever murder probes after the bodies of 39 people, including one teenager, were found in the back of a lorry in Essex.
An ambulance crew made the horrific discovery after they were called to the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays in the early hours of this morning.
The lorry is originally from Bulgaria and had entered the UK at the Welsh port of Holyhead, Wales, where ferries arrive from Ireland.
It has been suggested the lorry may have been refrigerated and that those on board could have frozen to death while trying to get into Britain through the ‘weak point’ of Ireland.
The lorry’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 travelling to.
The deaths will lead to renewed calls for added checks on vehicles entering Britain through so-called ‘soft spot’ ports, with resources currently focused on Dover.