Homeless forced to sleep in wheelie bins => 2 bodies found at waste sites

Tony Gosling tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Mon Aug 4 23:05:57 BST 2014

Avonmouth recycling plant victim 'not assaulted'

 Matthew Symonds, 34, of no fixed address in Swindon

Police said further tests were required to 
establish the cause of death of Matthew Symonds
    * http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-28645986
Police investigating the death of a man whose 
remains were found at a Bristol recycling plant 
on Friday say they do not believe he had been attacked.
Body parts of Matthew Symonds, 34, of no fixed 
address in Swindon 
at a Biffa depot in Avonmouth.
Avon and Somerset Police said a preliminary 
post-mortem examination had been completed and 
more tests were needed to determine the cause of death.
A spokesman said there was "no indication" he had been assaulted.
Officers said the investigation remained focused 
in Swindon as it has been established the body 
was transported with commercial recycling waste from a site in the area.
Det Ch Insp Gareth Bevan said: "The team have 
carried out a large amount of inquiries over the 
weekend and so far there is no indication that Mr Symonds was assaulted.
"The investigation is ongoing and we continue to 
keep an open mind about the circumstances of his death."

Human remains found at two separate recycling sites

Reece | 4 August 2014 | 
a Comment
There are mounting calls for waste operatives to 
check bins for rough sleepers, after police 
officers in Bristol and Dublin launched 
investigations last week into two separate 
incidents of human remains being found at recycling sites.

Dublin incident

On Thursday (31 July), police officers from 
Ireland’s national police service, the Garda, 
were called to a recycling centre in Ballyfermot 
(thought to be Thornton’s Recycling), after the 
lower part of human leg was found amidst the 
recycling waste. On Friday (1 August), more 
remains were discovered, including an upper part 
of a human leg and other bones.
These body parts were removed to Tallaght 
Hospital where a post-mortem examination was 
carried out by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr 
Michael Curtis, which determined that the body 
parts are male, and both come from the same person.
The cause of death has not been yet determined 
and there has been no other information released 
as of yet regarding race, age or nationality of 
the deceased. However, it has been reported that 
the incident may have occurred after a 
sleeper was accidentally crushed in a waste bin, 
news outlets are reporting that the gardaí are 
‘fearful a murder may have been committed and the 
remains dismembered and dumped in refuse in a bid to conceal the crime’.
An investigation and search of the site is 
ongoing and is ‘expected to continue for a number of days’.

Bristol incident

Also on Friday (1 August), officers from Avon and 
Somerset Constabulary were called to a waste 
management site in Avonmouth run by Biffa, after 
workers discovered ‘what they thought were remains’ at one of their units.
On arrival, the police confirmed that the remains were body parts.
Over the weekend, the police identified the 
deceased as Matthew Symonds, aged 34, of ‘no 
fixed address’ in Swindon. His death is being 
treated as ‘unexplained’ and a post-mortem 
examination is being carried out. It is thought 
that the body had been transported to the 
Avonmouth site in a commercial recycling waste collection from Swindon.
His next of kin have been informed and Wiltshire 
Police specialist Family Liaison Officers are providing support.
Senior investigating officer, DCI Gareth Bevan, 
said: “The incident is being investigated and 
police are following several lines of inquiry to 
establish the circumstances surrounding Mr Symonds' death.
“Police enquiries so far suggest the body was 
transported with commercial recycling waste 
collected in Swindon and therefore the focus of 
the investigation will be in that area going forward.
"The investigation is at an early stage and we 
are keeping an open mind about the circumstances 
leading to Mr Symonds' death. Our thoughts are 
with his family and friends at this very difficult time."
In a statement, a Biffa spokesperson confirmed 
that a body was received at the Avonmouth 
Transfer Station on Friday, adding: “Biffa takes 
health and safety very seriously and is 
conducting its own internal investigation, into 
the circumstances surrounding the incident."
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