- British police arrested two people on Friday in connection with the deaths of 39 Chinese nationals found in the back of a truck on Wednesday.
- A man and woman, both 38, from Warrington, England, were arrested by Essex Police “on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and on suspicion of 39 counts of manslaughter,” the force said in a statement.
- The bodies were found in the back of a truck at the Waterglade Industrial Park, Essex, which had arrived in the UK from Belgium that day.
- The truck’s driver, a 25-year-old from Northern Ireland, was arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday.
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British police arrested two people on suspicion of murder and trafficking on Friday after 39 Chinese nations were found dead in a truck on Wednesday.
A man and woman, both 38, from Warrington, England, were arrested by Essex Police “on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and on suspicion of 39 counts of manslaughter,” the force said in a statement.
After the discovery of the truck at the Waterglade Industrial Park, police arrested the truck’s 25-year-old driver, who remains in custody on suspicion of murder.
The UK’s National Crime Agency has provided officers to identify any “organized crime groups who may have played a part,” the BBC said.
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Police were called to an industrial park near the town of Grays, in the eastern English county of Essex at 1:40 a.m. local time (8.40 p.m. ET) on Wednesday. Grays is around 23 miles from central London.
Police said that all 39 people – identified as Chinese nationals by police on Thursday – were dead when police arrived.
Of the dead, 31 were men and 8 were women. 38 were adults, alongside one teenager.
The bodies have been moved to a mortuary site at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford.
The front part of the truck (called the tractor) was registered in Bulgaria and had entered the UK at Holyhead port, north Wales, on Tuesday.
But the tanker it carried arrived from Zeebrugge, Belgium, on Wednesday in Purfleet, three miles from where the bodies were found, where it was collected by Robinson.
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Bulgaria’s foreign ministry said the Scania truck was “registered in the city of Varna under the name of a company owned by an Irish citizen,” Reuters reported.
Belgian authorities said on Thursday that they had opened an inquiry into the deaths.