Body parts victim: family release tribute

Human remains discovered at a depot in Avonmouth in Bristol may have got there after being chucked in with a recycling collection in Swindon, police have said. Detectives are now focusing their inquiries in the town.

A police cordon remains in place at the recycling plant where the body parts were discovered yesterday morning by workers.

Senior investigating officer Gareth Bevan, said: "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. The investigation is at an early stage and we are keeping an open mind about the circumstances leading to this man's death."

The victim has yet to be identified.

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Victim's family pay tribute to 'kind and polite' man

The family of Matthew Symonds from Swindon have paid tribute to the 'kind and polite' man as investigation into his death continue.

Mr Symonds was found dead at a waste facility in Avonmouth on 1st August after his body was transported with commercial recycling waste from the centre of Swindon.

Matthew's nan and aunt paid tribute to him after his 'sudden death' Credit: Wiltshire Police

His grandmother, Susan Symonds and aunt Rachel Symonds, have paid the following tribute to Matthew:

“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.

Despite his hard life and upbringing he was a good lad who was kind and polite. He loved to talk and would continue until in the end you had to tell him to be quiet.

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, it has not been possible to make any funeral arrangements yet.”

Body parts enquiry: photo of victim released

Matthew Symonds was 34 Credit: Wiltshire Police

The family of Matthew Symonds, whose body was found at a waste depot near Bristol, have released a photo of the 34 year old.

His body was found on Friday morning at the Biffa site next to Avonmouth docks near Bristol.

Detectives believe he may have been transported 45 miles in a recycling bin from his home town of Swindon.

Wiltshire Police's senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Bevan, said the investigation was still at an early stage.

"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," he said.

"The investigation is at an early stage and we are keeping an open mind about the circumstances leading to his death. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time."

He said Mr Symonds' relatives were being supported by family liaison officers from the force

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Human remains may have come from recycling plant in Swindon

Police are focusing investigation in Swindon Credit: ITV News

Human remains discovered at a depot in Avonmouth in Bristol may have got there after being chucked in with a recycling collection in Swindon, police have said. Detectives are now focusing their inquiries in the town.

A police cordon remains in place at the recycling plant where the body parts were discovered yesterday morning by workers.

Senior investigating officer Gareth Bevan, said: "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. The investigation is at an early stage and we are keeping an open mind about the circumstances leading to this man's death."

The victim has yet to be identified.

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