Photo released of man found dead in Bristol waste facility plant


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Police have released the first image of a man whose body was found in a waste recycling facility.

Matthew Symonds, 34, of no fixed address in Swindon, is thought to have been transported 45 miles from his hometown to the Biffa depot in Avonmouth, Bristol, where he was discovered on Friday morning.

Detectives are treating his death as unexplained and await the results of post-mortem examinations. Next of kin have been informed.

Senior investigating officer, DCI 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 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.”

Additional reporting by Press Association