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UK police find 39 bodies in a truck container

 

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LONDON (Reuters) - British police found the bodies of 39 people in a truck container at an industrial estate to the east of London on Wednesday.

 

Police said the truck was believed to have come from Bulgaria and to have entered Britain at Holyhead in Wales on Saturday. The driver, a 25-year-old man from Northern Ireland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder, police said.

 

“We are in the process of identifying the victims, however I anticipate that this could be a lengthy process,” said Chief Superintendent Andrew Mariner.

 

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

 

The emergency services said the bodies were discovered in the container at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, located by the River Thames about 20 miles from central London.

 

The 39 victims, 38 adults and one teenager, were all pronounced dead at the scene.

 

“Such tragic news on loss of life,” Brandon Lewis, a junior interior minister said on Twitter. “Thoughts are with victims, their families & friends. Police are working to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.”

 

Reporting by Michael Holden; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

 

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British PM Johnson appalled after 39 bodies found in container

 

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LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was appalled after 39 bodies were found in a container east of London.

 

“I’m appalled by this tragic incident in Essex,” Johnson said.

 

“I am receiving regular updates from the Home Office and will work closely with Essex Police as we establish exactly what has happened,” he said. “My thoughts are with all those who lost their lives & their loved ones.”

 

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Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, said travelling from Bulgaria to Essex via Cherbourg, Rosslare, Dublin and Holyhead would take "three to five days in total".

"Because of the migrant issue at Dover and Calais, you've got far more checks that are taking place there," he said.

"You've got heartbeat monitors, you've got dogs, you've got CO2. Those checks are done as you drive through.

"Cherbourg, because it's a low-volume port, you probably won't have the same security measures that they have in Coquelles [Eurotunnel terminal] or Calais.

Essex Police has said it believes the lorry is from Bulgaria and arrived in Wales at Holyhead, on Saturday

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It is sad it happened.

 

It is sad  many people die daily worldwide , for many stupid reasons. 

 

Should/can we be compassionate for all of them, every time?

 

Or is it more common/simple to be selective?

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