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Grays lorry container tragedy: Bishop of Bradwell’s response

24th Oct 2019

The Bishop of Bradwell, The Right Reverend John Perumbalath has issued the following message in response to the incredibly sad news that 39 people were found dead in a lorry container in Grays yesterday.

I am really saddened at the horrific news that a lorry container with the bodies of 39 people was found at Waterglade Industrial Park in Grays yesterday morning. This is really a heart breaking news and our thoughts and prayers are with all the loved ones and families of those who lost their lives in this tragic way.

"I can’t imagine what it must have been for these members of our human family to risk their lives by choosing to get in to a closed container operated by a criminal gang. This and similar tragedies in the recent past are a symptom of a deeper problem – namely the failure of the wider human family and governments in providing safety to the most vulnerable and displaced people among us.

"I wish and pray that no one would ever have to undertake a journey to their death like this and that we, as global family, learn how to make life safer for everyone.”


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Local church response 

The local parish church - St Peter's and St Paul's church in Grays will be open today (24 October) from 12noon - 2pm for those who want to light a candle and pray.

Twitter: @GraysParishCofE