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Inquest opened after bin death

An inquest into the death of a man found at a recycling site has been opened at Sunderland Coroner’s Court.

James McLaren is believed to have ended up at the site in Houghton-le-Spring after climbing into a bin on 23 December, according to local media reports.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating. The inquest was adjourned until 21 June.

Meanwhile, a homeless man in Kent was hurt after the bin he was sleeping in was emptied into the back of a Veolia collection truck, it has been reported.

Emergency services attended the incident on Monday 9 January, where he was taken to Medway Maritime Hospital. His condition is unknown.

Medway Council and Veolia have now launched an investigation.

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