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'It Was A Terrible Shock': U.K. Man Crushed To Death After Falling Asleep In Recycling Bin


A homeless man who was turned away from a homeless shelter was crushed to death after the recycling bin he slept in was emptied.

On Thursday, an inquest was held in Salisbury, England, regarding a homeless man's 2014 death, according to the Western Daily Press.

The inquest heard that Matthew Symonds, 34, was refused entry at a Salvation Army hostel he had been staying in Swindon, England in the early morning hours of July 30, 2014.

He then reportedly climbed into a large recycling bin and slept on top of a pile of cardboard, Inquisitr reported. A few hours later, waste management workers arrived and emptied the bin into the back of their truck. The truck’s hydraulic system was then used to crush the new contents before driving off to a storage facility in the town.

Symonds' body was discovered at the storage facility on August 1 before he was loaded onto a truck and taken to a waste plant in Avonmouth.

His body was placed on a conveyor belt where workers discovered him.

According to the inquest, Symonds has recently been released from prison.

Surveillance footage of the hostel shows Symonds arriving at 3 a.m. on July 30 before being refused entry as the building’s curfew was 11 p.m. Footage also revealed Symonds near the recycling bin at around 4 a.m. and a waste management worker arriving two hours later.

The worker, Ian Coward, told the inquest that he had banged on the side of the recycling bin before looking inside, according to He said that he only saw cardboard.

When asked how much of his job was spent looking inside of the bins to see if someone was inside, he said, "It is quite low, I would say. I have never known it before. My father-in-law used to work for a company and he found someone in a [wheeled] bin but not a massive big bin.”

Investigator Timothy Standing told the inquest that there are warning signs around the bins saying that one could die from being inside of the bins.

“It was a terrible shock when we heard about Matthew’s death," Symonds' grandmother told reporters. "He was a nice lad but sadly he mixed with the wrong people.”

Source: Inquistr, Western Daily Press,

Photo Credit: Western Daily Press, Banalities/Flickr


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