Horrifying news came in from the United Kingdom yesterday morning after thirty-nine dead bodies were discovered in the back of a haulage truck.
Essex police were called to a small town in the South-Eastern county, but all thirty-nine people - thirty-eight adults and 1 teenager - were already dead upon their arrival.
It has been confirmed that the driver of the truck has been arrested on suspicion of murder and the investigation is ongoing.
Yesterday morning, British police made a heartbreaking discovery.
via: Getty39 lifeless bodies were found in the back of a truck in an industrial estate in Essex.
None of the victims could be saved.
via: GettyIn an official statement, the police explained: "Emergency services attended but sadly all 39 people inside the container had died. Early indications suggest that one of these people was a teenager, the rest are believed to be adults."
The causes of death weren't initially confirmed...
via: GettyBut it was widely assumed that the victims, while on the lengthy journey, suffocated inside the truck. This, however, was not discovered to be the case.
The type of truck supported the theory...
@SkyNews That container looks like a refrigerated truck. Those things are airtight once the doors close, unless t… https://t.co/r4K2dm9dqx— Struan Reid (@Struan Reid)1571831260.0
It is believed that the truck had traveled to the U.K. from Bulgaria.
via: GettyThe police explained, "Shortly before 1.40 am today we received reports that a number of people had been found inside a lorry's container at the Waterglade Industrial Park on Ern Avenue in Grays Estate. We believe the lorry is from Bulgaria and came into the UK... on the 19th of October."
However, a spokesman for the Bulgarian foreign affairs ministry has denied this...
via: GettyAnd he said that it had not at all been confirmed whether the truck was registered in the country. "There is also no indication of the nationality of the human bodies found in the truck," he said. It has since been discovered that the truck actually came from Zeebrugge, a Belgian port.
The truck's driver has been arrested on suspicion of murder.“A murder investigation was launched and the lorry driver, a twenty-five-year-old man from Northern Ireland, was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody."
We don't know much about the victims.But it was initially believed that they were all either immigrants who were being smuggled into the U.K. illegally...
Or they were all victims of human trafficking.
@SkyNews Simply horrendous. #HumanTrafficking is still a hideous thing that is ongoing all the time. This needs to… https://t.co/iPXMQ1FuMb— Brad Chuck (@Brad Chuck)1571828286.0
And the U.K. is a popular spot for traffickers.The U.K. is a destination country for men, women, and children primarily from Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe who are subjected to human trafficking for the purposes of sexual slavery and forced labor, including domestic servitude.
People-smuggling and trafficking into the U.K. from impoverished European countries has long been an issue.
via: GettyRichard Burnett, the chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, said, “This tragedy highlights the danger of migrant gangs people-smuggling on lorries." He then added, “It’s highly unlikely that if this vehicle has come from Europe that it’s been physically checked."
The lorry entered the country through Holyhead, a Welsh port that serves Ireland on Saturday...
@SkyNews @HelenAnnSmith0 Very sad that so many people have died, however, if you travel through Holyhead like I do… https://t.co/kXA9MaQs7k— Pete (@Pete)1571825145.0
Britain's Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, addressed the horrific incident.
I’m appalled by this tragic incident in Essex. I am receiving regular updates and the Home Office will work closely… https://t.co/Zv5Ax6HCyc— Boris Johnson (@Boris Johnson)1571822729.0
Though many weren't impressed with his "fake" message of sympathy...
@Cheshire__red @BorisJohnson I hate it when politicians come out with all these fake platitudes. Why can't they be… https://t.co/CK2zhCs1hV— HettyGetty (@HettyGetty)1571830132.0
The police are now working tirelessly to get to the bottom of this horrifying tragedy.
@BorisJohnson 39 people took all the risks to enter the UK for a better life and paid the ultimate price. They did… https://t.co/Pp7pceE6Ee— Imran Khan (@Imran Khan)1571825569.0
But they have admitted that it may be a lengthy process.
via: GettyIdentifying all thirty-nine victims will be no swift task, and there is always the possibility that the bodies may have been in the truck for quite a while.
via: Getty5 other migrants have been recorded as having died while in transit to the U.K.
So this is the worst incident of its nature to happen in almost 2 decades.
via: GettyThis horrifying incident resonates with a similar situation in which a truck was found in Dover in 2000 with fifty-eight dead Chinese migrants in the back.
The incident horrified the nation...
via: GettyThe Dutch-registered lorry, which arrived from Zeebrugge, Belgium, just before midnight on June 18th, 2000, contained fifty-four men and four women, all of whom had suffocated in the rear. It was hoped that something of this magnitude would never happen again - However, nearly 2 decades on, it has sadly hit the headlines again. When will change happen?
Pictures of the man arrested on suspicion of murder have been released.
via: FacebookMo Robinson is a twenty-five-year-old from Portadown, Northern Ireland. The young father-to-be works for a haulage firm.
Mo's family have claimed that they are completely in the dark about the situation.
via: FacebookHis partner’s brother reportedly told Belfast Live that they hadn’t “heard from him" and “don’t know what is going on."
Officers in Northern Ireland are investigating the deaths.
via: Getty ImagesThe National Crime Agency reportedly said that it was working to identify "organized crime groups who may have played a part."
Councillor Paul Berry said that the village of Laurelvale in County Armagh, home to the Robinson family, was in "complete shock."
via: Getty ImagesHe also said that Mo Robinson's father had learned of his son's arrest on Wednesday through social media. "The local community is hoping that [Mo] has been caught up innocently in this matter but that's in the hands of Essex Police," he said. "We will leave it in their professional hands to try to catch the perpetrators of this."
It remains unclear when, exactly, the victims were placed in the container.Shaun Sawyer, the National Police Chiefs Council lead for modern slavery and human trafficking, said that forces had prevented thousands of deaths, but "tragically, for 39 people that didn't work yesterday."
It has been reported that the thirty-nine victims were Chinese nationals.
Exclusive: Video shows lorry in which 39 bodies were later found in Essex, moments before turning into industrial p… https://t.co/UdBIh1T2lD— ITV News (@ITV News)1571839547.0