The discovery was described as an “unimaginable tragedy” by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo: Reuters

British police confirm 39 Essex truck victims were all Chinese nationals as human trafficking probe begins

  • Victims may have frozen to death as they were locked for more than 10 hours in temperatures as low as -25 Celsius in refrigerated container from Belgium
  • Three properties in Northern Ireland raided as police seek to identify organised crime groups behind worst human smuggling tragedy in UK in two decades
Topic |   UK truck deaths

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The discovery was described as an “unimaginable tragedy” by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Photo: Reuters
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British police forensic officers at the scene after a truck was found with 39 bodies inside in Thurock, southeast England. Photo: AP

British police find 39 bodies in truck believed to have come from Bulgaria

  • Police say the truck is believed to have entered the UK from Bulgaria on Saturday
  • Britain’s biggest human trafficking tragedy was in 2000, when the bodies of 58 Chinese people were found in a truck in Dover
Topic |   Britain

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British police forensic officers at the scene after a truck was found with 39 bodies inside in Thurock, southeast England. Photo: AP
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