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Death of man found at Biffa depot ‘not suspicious’

The death of a 33 year-old Matthew Symonds, whose body was found at a waste depot run by waste management firm Biffa in Avonmouth, is ‘not being treated as suspicious’, police have said.

The Major Crime Investigation team, which brings together specialist investigative staff from both Avon and Somerset and Wiltshire Police, has been conducting enquiries into the death of Matthew Symonds, after his body parts were found at the Biffa depot on 1 August.

Police have established that his body was transported with commercial recycling waste from a location in the centre of Swindon to the depot near Bristol.

Although the results of the Post Mortem examination have not been released, the police have confirmed that his ‘death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared on behalf of H M Coroner’. A referral has also been made to the Health and Safety Executive.

‘A terrible accident’

Speaking of their loss, Symonds’s aunt, Rachel Symonds, and grandmother, Susan Symonds, said: “The whole family are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Matthew in such circumstances.

“We remain distressed about the way it happened – it is a tragedy and appears to have been a terrible accident. He will never be forgotten.”

Describing Matthew Symonds as “a good lad who was kind and polite” but who had had a “hard life and upbringing”, his relatives added: “The loss of his mum had a massive impact on him. As an only child he was devoted to his mum Madeline who sadly died in September last year.”

Due to the post mortem and police investigation, his family said it had not been possible to make any funeral arrangements yet.

An inquest into his death will be held at a later date.

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