October 23, 2019 / 10:59 AM / a month ago

British police call truck deaths an 'absolute tragedy'

Police is seen at the scene where bodies were discovered in a lorry container, in Grays, Essex, Britain October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said the deaths of 39 people inside a truck was “an absolute tragedy” as they try to identify the victims and discover how the vehicle entered Ireland before coming to Britain.

“Emergency services attended but sadly all 39 people inside the container had died,” Essex Police Deputy Chief Constable Pippa Mills told reporters. “This is an absolute tragedy.”

Reporting by Costas Pitas and Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison

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