Investigation continues after body found in rubbish
POLICE investigating the mysterious death of a man found at a waste treatment plant cordoned off a number of communal bins across Bristol.
The man's body was found at New Earth Solutions in Kings Weston Lane, Avonmouth, at about 10.20am on Thursday. The Post understands workers were emptying a large bin when they found the man in his 20s, wearing shorts and a hoody.
In the afternoon, police sealed off nine areas where bins had been collected earlier. They were not looking for evidence, but preserving the areas in case forensics were needed later.
The private car park behind flats on the corner of Belgrave Road and Whiteladies Road, Clifton, was cordoned off as a PCSO stood guard.
Residents were told they could not put their rubbish in the large communal bin in the car park.
A sound engineer living next door said: "I keep a pretty keen ear out for what's going on around here at night. I remember about 3am-4am there was some shuffling about, but I couldn't be sure where it came from."
Elizangela Santos, a 30-year-old cleaner who lives in one of the flats, said: "I came home from work and the police were here. It's a real shock."
The landlady of some of the flats said: "We were shocked when the police came and told us it was in connection with a body. By the looks of it, it could be from anywhere."
A builder at the property, who arrived at about 8.30am, said: "The bin men must have come at about 8.40am this morning and there was nothing abnormal as far as I can see. There was no rubbish around the bin or extra bags knocking about."
Communal bins at Park Place, Clifton, and Brandon Villas, Hotwells, were also cordoned off.
Police spokesman Martin Dunscombe said: "We are keen to ensure the cordoned off areas are preserved, in case they are needed as part of the investigation. We are keeping an open mind as to how this man died."
New Earth Solutions deals with municipal and domestic waste which they then recycle and treat.
Operations director Peter Mills said: "There was an incident this morning concerning incoming waste. We have withdrawn from the site to allow police to conduct their investigations."