Man found dead in back of bin lorry in south London


Body was discovered early on Monday in Camberwell and police are investigating

Police said the death was being treated as unexplained.Photograph: Britpix/Alamy Stock Photo

Police are investigating after a body was found in the back of a bin lorry in south London[2]. Officers were called at 5.35am on Monday to reports of a dead man in the back of the industrial vehicle in Bethwin Road, Camberwell. A Scotland Yard spokesman said the death was being treated as unexplained.

No details about the man were given and inquires continue. An image on social media showed several London ambulance service vehicles surrounding a red waste truck, with bags of rubbish spilled on to the ground at its rear. A spokesperson for waste company Biffa confirmed that the body had been found in one of its vehicles and said that further circumstances around the death were currently unclear.

The Guardian reported on Monday that Biffa had recorded 109 “near misses”[3] or encounters with people sleeping in or near its bins from April to December 2019.

Veolia, another waste disposal company, has also reported increasing problems with people sheltering in bins.

At least seven people have died in crushing deaths in the last five years, the Health and Safety Executive said.



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