Christmas tragedy as man found dead at recycling plant after sleeping in bin

A man was found dead in a recycling plant on Christmas Eve in the UK town of Sunderland, after he was believed to have spent the night sleeping in a bin, highlighting once more the danger of using waste containers as shelter.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jay McLaren, a Sunderland resident and machine adjuster at local printing company Encore Envelopes, was reported missing by his family on the morning of 23 December 2017 after he did not return home following a night out in the town centre.

Christmas tragedy as man found dead at recycling plant after sleeping in binHe is thought to have climbed into a recycling bin in the early hours of 23 December 2017 to sleep following a phone call with his fiancee. He was found at the recycling plant in nearby Houghton at 9.40pm on Christmas Eve.

Police are not treating the circumstances of McLaren’s death as suspicious, although they are still appealing for information from the public. An inquest is set to open at Sunderland Coroner’s Court this week.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said of the incident: “While it is believed there was no third party involvement, police are seeking information from the public to help trace Jay’s last movements.

“The last confirmed sighting of Jay is at 4.15am on Saturday, December 23, 2017 outside Arizona and Purple bar. From here, he is understood to have been taken to the recycling plant after entering a bin that was later collected in the early hours of Saturday 23 December 2017.

“Jay’s family are being supported by specialist officers and wish to send a message to drinkers and partygoers to stay safe on a night out. They’re urging people to stay together and keep an eye out for friends.”