October 23, 2019 / 9:17 AM / a month ago

UK says 'shocked and saddened' after 39 bodies found in a container

Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel speaks at the Conservative Party annual conference in Manchester, Britain October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s interior minister Priti Patel said she was “shocked and saddened” by the news on Wednesday that the bodies of 39 people had been found in a shipping container on an industrial estate east of London.

“Shocked & saddened by this utterly tragic incident,” Patel said on Twitter. “Essex Police has arrested an individual and we must give them the space to conduct their investigations.”

Reporting by David Milliken; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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