IN any circumstances the loss of life is not without regret. So much of life is about opportunity.

There is the realisation that in life there is that hope. But there are the perils that many of us face. The risks can be great and in some cases dangerously so.

Whatever we might think about human trafficking, it is not a problem that is going to disappear.

The deaths of 39 people found in a lorry on an industrial estate in Grays, Essex (Echo, Oct 24) are now the subject of a police investigation.

However, there are underlying issues.

Whilst we grapple with Brexit, there is a bigger world out there and a group of people whose lives centre on securing a future. Their challenge is survival.

Will their deaths prevent many more, fleeing war and turmoil, from making a perilous journey?

I am sure in similar circumstances many of us would sacrifice if it meant securing a future.

The plight of those living in a different world than many of us could imagine will continue, and world leaders with influence will sadly do little to change the course.

They might mutter some words, but there are so many people whose lives momentarily make the headlines, but nothing really changes.

Bernie Walsh, Coxhoe.