October 23, 2019 / 3:54 PM / 23 days ago

UK police believe trailer found with 39 bodies traveled from Belgium

Police are seen at the scene where bodies were discovered in a lorry container, in Grays, Essex, Britain October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said they believed the trailer from a truck found on Wednesday containing the bodies of 39 people had traveled from Zeebrugge, Belgium, into the port of Purfleet in eastern England.

It then docked in the Thurrock area at around 12:30 a.m. local time for around 35 minutes before departing, Essex Police said in a statement.

Police had originally reported that the truck, which ended up at an industrial site in Grays, about 20 miles (32 km) east of central London, had traveled via Holyhead in Wales.

They said they believed the tractor unit of the truck had originated in Northern Ireland.

(The story Corrects 1st paragraph and headline after police re-published statement to show police believe trailer, not truck and container had traveled from Zeebrugge, and fourth paragraph to refer to tractor unit, not trailer and Northern Ireland, not Ireland0

Reporting by Andy Bruce and Michael Holden; editing by Stephen Addison

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