Ellis Whitehouse, (Basildon, England) Echo
Posted at 9:12 am ET October 25, 2019 | Updated 10:06 am ET October 25, 2019
South East England police said 39 people were found dead inside a truck container believed to have come from Bulgaria.
BASILDON, UK – Police arrested two more people in connection with the investigation of 39 bodies discovered in the back of a truck outside London.
Two attacks were carried out in Cheshire and a 38-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman from Warrington were arrested on suspicion of a conspiracy to traffick people and on suspicion of 39 counts of manslaughter.
A 25-year-old man – Northern Ireland's 25-year-old truck driver Mo Robinson – is also in custody on suspicion of murder, but has not been charged, and police have been given 24 hours extra to interrogate him.
The bodies of 39 Chinese citizens were found Wednesday, in a refrigerated truck trailer at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, about 30 kilometers east of London, police said.
The arrests come as police begin transferring victims from Tilbury Harbor to a hospital in Chelmsford, where the first post-mortem examinations will begin on Friday.
Investigators are still seeking to determine the cause of death of the eight women and 31 men found dead in the truck.
"Formal identification will follow the colonial process and will be a long but crucial part of the investigation," Essex police said in a statement. declaration.
Although UK authorities believed the dead were Chinese citizens, Chinese officials told reporters in Beijing that the nationalities and identities of the victims had not yet been confirmed.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China is working in cooperation with local authorities.
Authorities in various countries have been working together to track the twisting routes that the truck cabin and trailer followed to reach the industrial site.
Police said Thursday they believe the Bulgarian-registered taxi owned by an Irish company came from Northern Ireland through Ireland to Wales and ended up in England. The container where the bodies were found is believed to have traveled to the United Kingdom from the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.
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Global Trailer Rentals Ltd. told Irish national broadcaster RTE that the trailer it owns was rented Oct. 15 in Monaghan County, Ireland, at a rate of $ 299 per week. The Dublin-based company said it would make its tracking system data available to investigators.
The dark incident resembled a 2000 case in which 58 Chinese immigrants choked in a truck in Dover, England, after a trip from Fujian province in southern China. The bodies were found in a cargo truck carrying tomatoes after a ferry trip from Zeebrugge, the same port as in the present case.
In 2015, 71 migrants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan were found dead in a truck in Austria.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Wednesday that those responsible will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Britain remains a destination for immigrants from all countries, even as the UK rethinks its immigration rules as it prepares to leave the 28-member European Union.
A National Crime Agency assessment report on serious and organized crime last year said there was a "greater focus" on increasing the number of smugglers in Belgium following the closure of the Dunkirk immigrant camp in 2017.
Contribution: Associated Press
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