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(AFP) British police said on Thursday that 39 people found dead in a truck near London were all believed to be Chinese nationals, as officers conduct the country's largest murder probe in more than a decade.

Police officers attend the scene after a truck, in rear, was found to contain a large number of dead bodies, in Thurrock, South England, early Wednesday Oct. 23, 2019. [Photo: IC]

Emergency workers made the grisly discovery on early Wednesday inside the refrigerated container of a truck parked in an industrial area east of London, shortly after it had arrived on a ferry from Belgium.

The case has triggered shock and outrage in Britain, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson describing it as an "unimaginable tragedy".

The local police force said in a statement that eight of the dead were women and 31 were men.

"All are believed to be Chinese nationals," Essex Police said.

China's foreign ministry said its embassy staff in London were heading to the scene "to verify this situation".

The grim discovery has drawn attention to the shadowy people trafficking business and efforts to stem the flow of illegal migrants to Britain.
Police also confirmed that officers had searched three properties in Northern Ireland overnight in connection with the investigation.

The addresses are believed to be linked to the truck driver, a 25-year-old man from the province, who was arrested at the scene in Grays, east of London.

"We arrested a man on suspicion of murder, who remains in custody," police said, adding that they were not identifying him.

- 'Substantial operation' -

Police said a coroner would try to establish the cause of death of the 39 victims, before investigators then attempt to identify each individual.
"This will be a substantial operation and, at this stage, we cannot estimate how long these procedures will take," Essex Police said.

With the help of immigration officials and the National Crime Agency (NCA), Essex Police are leading biggest murder probe in Britain since the 2005 terror attacks in London that killed 52 people.

Forensic investigators could be seen working by the truck throughout Wednesday.

Police said it was later moved to a "secure location" at the nearby Tilbury docks, "to give the utmost dignity to those within the trailer as we prepare for a coroner's post-mortem examination".

- Route from Zeebrugge -

The container section came by ferry from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge into Purfleet on the River Thames estuary -- a crossing that takes nine to 12 hours.

The vessel docked there at around 12:30 am Wednesday (2330 GMT Tuesday) and the truck left the port area about half an hour later.
Emergency services were then called to the Waterglade Industrial Park at around 1:40 am.

Prosecutors in Belgium have launched their own probe and confirmed Thursday that the container had passed through Zeebrugge, one of the world's biggest and busiest ports, on Tuesday.

"It is not yet clear when the victims were placed in the container and whether this happened in Belgium," the Belgian federal prosecutor's office said.

It added that its investigation "will focus on the organisers of and all other parties involved" and be carried out in close cooperation with Britain.
Essex Police revealed the tractor unit of the truck entered Britain on Sunday on a ferry from Dublin to the Welsh port of Holyhead.

They had earlier said they believed the tractor originated in Northern Ireland.

The vehicle had licence plates issued in Bulgaria after it was registered there in 2017 by an Irish citizen, according to Prime Minister Boyko Borisov.

He said the unit had not entered Bulgarian territory since and there was "no connection with us".

- 'Clandestine entry' -

In another incident on Wednesday, police in Kent, a county in southeast England, said they had discovered nine people stowed away in the back of another truck, after stopping the vehicle on a motorway.

After precautionary medical checks, they were passed to immigration officials.

The NCA said the number of migrants being smuggled into Britain in containers and trucks had risen in the last year.

In May, the agency warned there had been "increasing use of higher risk methods of clandestine entry" to Britain by organised immigration crime gangs.

The latest deaths drew comparisons to previous cases in Britain and continental Europe.

In 2000, the bodies of 58 clandestine Chinese immigrants were discovered in a Dutch truck in the English port of Dover. Two people survived.
In August 2015, at the peak of Europe's migration crisis, the bodies of 71 migrants including a baby girl were found piled up in the back of a poultry refrigerator lorry left in Austria.

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WHICH Chinese choose such a deadly "journey"?? where are they from?
some day Jiangsu will rule China

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re: 'British police said on Thursday that 39 people found dead in a truck near London were all believed to be Chinese nationals,'

   Never believe a word spoken or printed by the brits or squareheads...

     To them; the only thing important is the very first Headline on any News where they see the slightest chance to
blacken the Middle Kingdom...

    Shame on them, only FOOLS would want to live on their little island, soon it'll be an islet...

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Post time 2019-10-26 13:25:01 |Display all floors
lionstar Post time: 2019-10-26 06:41
WHICH Chinese choose such a deadly "journey"?? where are they from?

Right now we're talking about Vietnamese...
    But the UK police couldn't be quick enaugh to say all Victims are Chinese...


    VietHome, an organisation that represents the Vietnamese community in the UK said it had received photos of nearly 20 people reported missing, since the lorry was discovered.

The group said it began to receive reports of missing people on Wednesday. Those who have disappeared were aged between 15 and 45, it said.

The BBC spoke to the brother of Pham Thi Tra My, 26, who has not been heard from since she sent text messages on Tuesday saying she could not breathe.

"We are asking the British police to help investigate so that my sister can be returned to the family," he said.

The last message received from Ms Tra My was at 22:30 BST on Tuesday - two hours before the trailer arrived at the Purfleet terminal from Zeebrugge in Belgium.

Her family have shared texts she sent to her parents which translated read: "I am really, really sorry, Mum and Dad, my trip to a foreign land has failed.

"I am dying, I can't breathe. I love you very much Mum and Dad. I am sorry, Mother."

Relatives of Nguyen Dinh Luong, 20, have also said they fear he is among the 39 victims.

The Vietnamese Embassy in London has been in contact with Essex police since Thursday, a spokesman confirmed.

  https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-50185788

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emanreus Post time: 2019-10-25 22:52
re: ' British police said on Thursday that 39 people found dead in a truck near London were all beli ...

Youre right, the UK police can't tell the difference between a Chinese and a Vietnamese; layest news is that they are not sure if all are Chinese, n a vietnamese has reported her sister text a desperate msg to her family that she was dying, couldn't breathe, so there are Viets in container!

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emanreus Post time: 2019-10-26 10:15
re: 'British police said on Thursday that 39 people found dead in a truck near London were all be ...

So you would be able to tell the nationalities of 40 deceased non-Chinese persons ?

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Newtown Post time: 2019-10-26 13:40
So you would be able to tell the nationalities of 40 deceased non-Chinese persons ?

That's what them Coroners get paid for... to figure out if they were killed or starved to dead (food-air-or attention) ...

  However, All 39 people who were found dead in a truck in a UK industrial park on Wednesday were Chinese nationals, British police said Thursday, as officers in England, Northern Ireland and Belgium scrambled to establish the chain of events that led to the tragic incident...      Please ask them...

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/24/uk/essex-truck-lorry-intl-gbr

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