Man and woman held in connection with lorry deaths
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Two people have been arrested in connection with the discovery of 39 bodies in a refrigerated trailer in Essex.
A man and a woman, both aged 38 and from Warrington, have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and conspiracy to traffic people.
A statement from Essex Police said: "We have carried out warrants in Cheshire as part of the investigation into 39 bodies being discovered in a lorry trailer in Grays.
"As a result, a 38-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman from Warrington have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and on suspicion of 39 counts of manslaughter.
"A 25-year-old man, the driver of the lorry, remains in custody on suspicion of murder. A warrant of further detention was granted yesterday, Thursday, October, 24, by local magistrates."
An international investigation is under way as post-mortem examinations are due to begin on the bodies found in the early hours of Wednesday.
On Thursday evening, the first 11 bodies were moved by a private ambulance, with a police escort from the port of Tilbury, to Broomfield Hospital, in Chelmsford.
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The eight women and 31 men are all believed to be Chinese nationals.
Essex Police said the container travelled on a ship from Zeebrugge in Belgium to Purfleet.