International desk – Police found the bodies of 39 people in a lorry container in Essex of the United Kingdom, media reports said on Wednesday.
BBC reported that the police were called by the ambulance service shortly before 01:40 BST after the discovery at Waterglade Industrial Park in Eastern Avenue, Grays.
A 25-year-old man who drove the lorry was arrested from Northern Ireland on suspicion of murder. The victims are believed to be trafficked from elsewhere.
The vehicle travelled from Bulgaria and entered the UK via Holyhead, Anglesey, on Saturday.
One of the victims is teenager and the rest adults, according to the people who could not determine the identity of the victims.
“We have arrested the lorry driver in connection with the incident, who remains in police custody as our inquiries continue,” officer Andrew Mariner said.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “appalled by this tragic incident”
“I am receiving regular updates and the Home Office will work closely with Essex Police as we establish exactly what has happened. My thoughts are with all those who lost their lives and their loved ones,” he said.
Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price said it was “sickening news”.
“People trafficking is a vile and dangerous business,” she tweeted, adding that she hoped Essex Police could “bring these murderers to justice”.