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39 bodies found in a UK lorry

Police suspect the people in the lorry were from Bulgaria, one man from Northern Ireland arrested

By AP in London

  • Published 23.10.19, 2:39 PM
  • Updated 23.10.19, 2:39 PM
(Stock photo) Police said the truck entered the country on October 19.
(Stock photo) Police said the truck entered the country on October 19. iStock

Police in southeastern England say 39 people were found dead in a truck container believed to have come from Bulgaria.

A 25-year-old-man from Northern Ireland has been arrested on suspicion of murder.  

Chief superintendent Andrew Mariner said on Wednesday that authorities are trying to identify the 38 adults and a teenager. It is expected to be a lengthy process.

Mariner says the truck entered the country on October 19 and that police were "working closely with our partners to investigate."  

A cordon has been put in place around Waterglade Industrial Park in Thurrock, which remains closed.

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