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Sussex waste centre body identified

A man whose body was found at a waste centre in West Sussex has been identified.

Following a post-mortem, Sussex police announced that Ben Farr, 28 from Stonehouse Drive, St Leonards died of crushing injuries.

The body was discovered at the South Coast Skips at the Rudford Industrial Estate near Ford on 23 April.

Detective Inspector Jim McKnight said: “It is likely that Ben’s body was brought to the site by lorry having been taken from a commercial refuse bin. The refuse bin could be from a number of locations but is likely to be from a coastal location in West Sussex.

The police said the death was being treated as unexplained and was subject to an ongoing investigation. They are appealing for information about the movements of Farr, who had links to St Leonards and Hastings and also frequented the Brighton area.

South Coast Skips said it would not be making any further comments regarding the incident out of respect for the family of the deceased, and because of the police investigation.

Earlier this year, the death of man crushed in a waste skip in West Yorkshire was ruled as ‘accidental’, prompting the coroner to write to the local authority about measures for binmen to check skips and bins.

There have been a series of accidental deaths from people seeking refuge in waste skips.

Research from the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, the Environmental Services Association with backing from Biffa and the homeless charity StreetLink, found that more than two-thirds of organisations did not have formal policies in place to stop people sleeping in waste containers.

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