Boris Johnson receiving 'regular updates' on Essex lorry murder probe after 39 bodies found

Jeremy Corbyn has asked MPs to consider the "desperate situation" which led the 39 people found dead in Essex this morning to risk their lives in the back of a lorry. The Labour leader told MPs: "We should think for a moment of what inhumanity is done to other human beings at this terrible moment." Mr Corbyn paid tribute to the emergency services who are dealing with the discovery, after police launched murder probe into the incident.

The Prime Minister said the perpetrators of the crime "should be hunted down and brought to justice". During PMQs, Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price said: "To put 39 people into a locked metal container shows a contempt for human life that is evil. The best thing we can do in memory of those victims is to find the perpetrators and bring them to justice."

It came as Amnesty International said the incident highlighted the failure of the UK's immigration policies. Amnesty's Steve Valdez-Symonds said: "This is a heartbreaking and horrifying incident. "People who are forced to take dangerous and sometimes fatal passages to reach the UK often do so because current immigration policies and practices deny them safe and legal options."

The Labour leader spoke of his "deep sadness" at the news during Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday. Mr Corbyn urged MPs "think for a moment on what it must have been like for those 39 people, obviously in a desperate situation, for their lives to end suffocated to death in a container."

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He added: "It is an unbelievable human tragedy that has happened in our country." "All of us should think for a moment what it is like to be a police officer and or a firefighter and to have to open that container and find 39 bodies and have to deal with it in an appropriate and humane way.

The Prime Minister told the House of Commons that he was receiving "regular updates" on the murder investigation launched after 39 bodies were found in a lorry in Essex. A teenager's body was among the 39 discovered in the HGV at around 1.40am. The Prime Minister joined politicians expressing their sympathies as police confirmed one man had been arrested.

Mr Johnson told MPs: "It is hard to put ourselves in the shoes of those emergency services, as the right gentleman opposite (Jeremy Corbyn) said, as they were asked to open that container and to expose the appalling crime that had taken place. "I must say I do share her strong desire now for the perpetrators of that crime, and indeed all those who engage in similar activity - because we know that this trade is going on - all such traders in human beings should be hunted down and brought to justice."

Boris Johnson receiving 'regular updates' on Essex lorry murder probe after 39 bodies foundThe lorry was discovered at 1.40am this morning

Earlier the Home Secretary Priti Patel expressed her "shock" at the incident. In a tweet she said": "Shocked & saddened by this utterly tragic incident in Grays.

"Essex Police has arrested an individual and we must give them the space to conduct their investigations." It came as pictures of the red and white lorry emerged from the Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays, Essex. Little is known about the victims.

It is unclear who they are or exactly how they came into the country but one of the biggest murder investigations in British history is underway . A 25-year-old-man from Northern Ireland has been arrested, Essex Police says. Police believe the vehicle was travelling from Bulgaria and entered the UK three days ago via Holyhead in north Wales, one of the main port for ferries from Ireland.

"As the police investigation continues our thoughts remain with the families and friends of those affected by this awful tragedy."

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Have you been affected by this morning's incident? Email  [email protected] The crime scene is just a short distance from intu Lakeside shopping centre and the M25 Dartford Crossing.

Speaking previously, Chief Superintendent Andrew Mariner, of Essex Police, said: "This is a tragic incident where a large number of people have lost their lives. Our enquiries are ongoing to establish what has happened. "We are in the process of identifying the victims, however I anticipate that this could be a lengthy process.

"We believe the lorry is from Bulgaria and entered the country at Holyhead on Saturday 19 October and we are working closely with our partners to investigate.

Boris Johnson receiving 'regular updates' on Essex lorry murder probe after 39 bodies foundOne man has been arrested police confirmed

"We have arrested the lorry driver in connection with the incident who remains in police custody as our enquiries continue. I appreciate this cordon is going to disrupt the activity of local businesses in the area and we will work to ensure that disruption is kept as short as possible.   "We are working with Thurrock Council to mitigate against any impact our investigation scene will have locally."

Boris Johnson receiving 'regular updates' on Essex lorry murder probe after 39 bodies foundOfficers are currently on the scene

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Glen Freeland, from GSF Car Parts which is close to where the bodies were found, said staff could not access the shop on Eastern Avenue on Wednesday morning.

"The manager went to get into work this morning and it was cordoned off and we've been moved to a different area," Mr Freeland said. "All we know is they found the bodies in the back of a lorry. "It was a bit of a shock but we're not 100 per cent sure of what's happened."

A restaurant worker in the industrial estate, who did not want to be named, said: "There's a lot of police and forensics. "We've just seen what has been said online. It's awful.

"We thought maybe someone had broken into a lorry, but it's just awful."

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