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Cause of death of Swindon man at recycling plant 'unascertained'

An inquest has been unable to find out how a man from Swindon died after his remains were found in a recycling plant.

The remains of 34 year old Matthew Symondes were found at the recycling plant at Avonmouth in Bristol in August. An inquest was told that the cause of death was 'unascertained'.

It is thought the body had been transported from a commercial recycling plant in Swindon. The inquest was told he had to be identified by finger print analysis

The inquest was adjourned to a date to be fixed.

Pictures: HMS Somerset arrives in Bristol

Not the best of weather for the arrival of HMS Somerset for a four-day stay in Bristol Credit: ITV News
HMS Somerset pulls up at Avonmouth docks, ready to celebrate her 20th birthday Credit: ITV News
Walking the gangway - the Ship's Company will be coming ashore to support Remembrance Day services in Somerset Credit: ITV News
Behind the scenes - the crew of the warship work with world class technology Credit: ITV News

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HMS Somerset arrives in Avonmouth this morning

HMS Somerset will sail into Avonmouth this morning. The 133-metre frigate will dock for four days and celebrate its twentieth birthday with a reception this evening.

Students from the region will be welcomed aboard and given a unique insight into life in the Navy. Members of the ship's crew will also be involved in Remembrance Day events across the county.

HMS Somerset on a previous visit to Avonmouth. Credit: PA

MP calls for regular air quality testing at Avonmouth

Tests have been taking place on air quality in Avonmouth but the local MP says there should be more Credit: ITV News

People living in Avonmouth have started a petition calling for regular tests on air quality round their homes.

It follows complaints of dust and flies coming from industries in the neighbouring port of Bristol. The city council has agreed to three months' testing of pollution levels. But residents, and their MP, say that's not enough.

The main potential culprits for dust pollution can behave themselves for three months and then go back to the way they were after the dust monitors have gone. And since the port has so many changing cargoes, I don't see it's going to solve any long term problems.

– Charlotte Leslie MP Con, Bristol North West

Avonmouth residents call for air quality tests

One Avonmouth family were forced to eat under a mosquito net.

Residents in Avonmouth have launched a petition calling for regular tests on air quality round their homes.

It follows complaints of dust and flies coming from industries in the neighbouring port of Bristol.

The city council has agreed to three months' testing of pollution levels.

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Protest after homes infested with flies in Avonmouth

Protest after homes infested with flies in Avonmouth Credit: ITV News West Country

A protest has been held by people in Avonmouth whose homes have been infested with flies for the last two months.

Swarms of the insects, which came from infested bales of biofuel at Avonmouth docks, have been buzzing round the town on a daily basis.

Campaigners say they want to meet with Mayor George Ferguson to see what can be done about the situation.

Business ordered to pay £200K after staff member dies

A cash and carry business has been ordered to pay almost £200,000 after a member of staff died at their Avonmouth store.

Branch assistant Annie Brennan was fatally injured by a fork lift truck in December 2011. Booker Ltd were found guilty of a health and safety offence at Bristol Crown Court after an investigation found staff had not been given the correct training and company risk assessments were inadequate.

They were given a fine of £175,000 and ordered to pay and additional £18,455 in prosecution costs.

Avonmouth's fly infestation will be debated in Westminster

They've been plagued with flies for nearly two months, now the plight of people living in Avonmouth will be debated in Parliament.

Swarms of the insects, which came from infested bales of biofuel at Avonmouth docks, have been buzzing round local residents homes on a daily basis. Campaigners are now planning to protest at the weekend. Rebecca Broxton reports

Bristol MP to hold parliamentary debate over flies

Bristol MP Charlotte Leslie will hold a parliamentary debate on an infestation of flies in Avonmouth.

The waste causing the headache for residents has been removed and the recycling company responsible, Boomeco, has been forced to stop operating by the Environment Agency.

But residents like Georgina Dimambro say the flies are still causing huge problems:

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