THE PRIME Minister, Boris Johnson as well as other senior politicians have issued statements regarding the deaths of 39 people found in the back of a lorry in Grays.
The Prime Minister said “I’m appalled by this tragic incident in Essex. I am receiving regular updates and the Home Office will work closely with Essex Police as we establish exactly what has happened. My thoughts are with all those who lost their lives & their loved ones”.
Home Secretary, Priti Patel MP said: ‘I am shocked and saddened by this utterly tragic incident in Grays.
Essex Police has arrested an individual and we must give them space to conduct their investigations.
The Home Secretary will give a further statement in the House of Commons this morning.
Thurrock Labour’s John Kent said: “Shocking news that 39 people have been found dead in a container in West Thurrock – they appear to be victims of the sickening crime of people trafficking. My thoughts are with the victims, their families and the police as they work to bring to justice those responsible”.
Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott said: “Saddened to hear of the appalling incident involving the deaths of 39 people in the back of lorry in Grays, Essex.
“My thoughts are with the family and friends of those who have died”.
Chief executive of the Road Haulage Association Richard Burnett has also expressed his sympathies. He said: “Our thoughts are with the families of those who have lost their lives but whatever the circumstances of this tragedy it highlights the danger of migrant gangs people smuggling on lorries.”
Responding to the news that 39 bodies were found in Essex lorry container on Waterglade Industrial Park today, local Liberal Democrat campaigner Kevin McNamara said:
“My heart breaks for the families that will be finding out soon that their loved ones have died in what is an indescribably horrible set of circumstances, and I can only imagine what those 39 people went through in the hours leading up to their passing.
“I don’t want to speculate on the circumstances that led to their passing and their bodies being discovered in Grays this morning – that is the job of the Police – but I do want to say this: there should be no way out for anybody that was involved in the illegal moving of these people and contributing to their deaths today. They should feel the full weight of the law no matter who they are.”
Essex Police will be holding a press conference at 1130am.