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Homeless man crushed to death at Wirral recycling plant
12:25pm Friday 7th September 2012 in News
Police have confirmed a man whose body was found at a recycling plant in Wirral died of trauma to his head caused by crush injuries.
Officers had been called to B & M Waste Services on Dock Road South in Bromborough at 11.40am by an employee at the site.
The worker discovered the body when emptying bins collected earlier in the day from various locations in Merseyside.
The site was cordoned off and an investigation was launched to establish the identity of the man and how he died.
During the course of enquiries, several potential scenes in Wirral and Liverpool were identified and cordoned off as a precaution for a short time.
One theory is that the victim fell asleep in a wheelie bin which was then emptied into a recycling compactor.
Most of those scenes have since been released following CCTV enquiries, however a scene in Cherry Tree Lane in Liscard remains this evening as does the one in Dock Road South, Bromborough.
The man has been identified as being a 50-year-old man of no fixed abode, and efforts are continuing to trace his next of kin and inform them of his death.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave McCaughrean, said: "Officers will be carrying out enquiries in the area of Cherry Tree Shopping Centre in Liscard to establish if anyone was in the area of the bins on Tuesday night and to ascertain if they have any information which could help our inquiry.
"At this stage it appears to be a tragic accident, but we are keeping an open mind in relation to the circumstances which may have led up to him being at, or near the bin area and would urge anyone with information to contact the police."
Following the post mortem examination results, detectives are keeping an open mind until further enquiries can be carried and the death is continuing to be treated as unexplained at this time.
Anyone with information which could help the police with their inquiries is asked to contact Wirral CID on 0151 777 2265, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.