Murder investigation launched alongside inquiry into possible role of organised crime groups

Police officers are working to identify 39 people found dead in the back of a lorry in Essex as part of a wide-ranging murder investigation into the UK’s worst such tragedy in almost 20 years.

The possible role of cross-border organised crime groups was a key priority for Essex police, who were alerted to the bodies of 38 adults and one teenager in the lorry at an industrial park in Grays by the ambulance service at 1.40am on Wednesday morning.

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