Specialist police team investigate death of man found dead at a waste site

Matthew Symonds

Matthew Symonds

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Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Brendan McFadden
Wilts and Glos Standard by , Reporter

A SPECIALIST police team is investigating the death of a Swindon man who was found dead at a waste site in Avonmouth on August 1.

A Major Crime Investigation team which brings together specialist investigative staff from both Avon and Somerset and Wiltshire Police is examining Matthew Symond's death, which is not being treated as suspicious.

The team has established that the body of Matthew Symonds, 34, was transported with commercial recycling waste from Swindon town centre.

In a tribute to Mr Symonds his grandmother Susan Symonds and his aunt Rachel 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.

“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.”

A preliminary post mortem examination has been completed on Mr Symond's body and further tests are being carried out.

Due to the post mortem and police investigation, it has not been possible to plan Mr Symond’s funeral.

An inquest into his death is set to be held at a later date and the case has been referred to the Health and Safety Executive.

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