Fears man found dead in industrial estate 'skip' could have been accidentally crushed after getting in a bin

TRAGIC: Ben Farr

TRAGIC: Ben Farr

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A man who was found dead at a recycling centre in West Sussex has been named.

He was Ben Farr, 28, of St Leonards.

The body of Mr Farr was discovered on Tuesday in Rudeford Industrial Estate, Ford.

Police said they cannot rule the possibility Mr Farr had come from a commercial bin at a seafront site in West Sussex.

Rubbish is colleted from such sites before being collected and compacted at the site in Ford where Mr Farr was found.

A force spokeswoman said at this stage it was not clear how Mr Farr had come to be in the bin in West Sussex.

It is not clear why Mr Farr, who has links to Brighton, Hastings and St Leonards, was in West Sussex.

A Sussex Police statement said: "Police are not treating the death of a man whose body was found at Ford waste centre on Tuesday as suspicious, following a post-mortem.

"The man has been identified as Ben Farr, aged 28, of Stonehouse Drive, St Leonards.

"Police were called shortly before 9am on Tuesday to reports a body had been found at the Rudford Industrial Estate near Ford."

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.

"His death is being treated as unexplained and the investigation is ongoing into the circumstances. We are appealing to anyone who may have seen or heard from Ben from April 15 to contact police with information as we are trying to build up a picture of his movements.

"Ben had links to St Leonards and Hastings and was also known to frequent the Brighton area."

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting serial 0767 of 24/04.

Pay tribute to Mr Farr. Email anna.roberts@theargus.co.uk 

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3:25pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Goldenwight says...

Whilst it is very nice of the Police to release mug shots to the press, there is (or rather was) no indication that this man had ever been in trouble with the law. Until now.

Perhaps next time they could use a bit of foresight?
Whilst it is very nice of the Police to release mug shots to the press, there is (or rather was) no indication that this man had ever been in trouble with the law. Until now. Perhaps next time they could use a bit of foresight? Goldenwight
  • Score: -15

3:28pm Thu 24 Apr 14

tykemison says...

As above, rip Ben.
As above, rip Ben. tykemison
  • Score: -1

3:42pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Anna Roberts says...

Hi
Unfortunately this was the only picture provided of Ben.
I think that police are just really keen to find anyone who saw Ben in the area so they can establish what he was doing - as he had no known links to West Sussex.
This would be helpful in examining how he came about his tragic death.
If we had another photo we would happily use it.
Anna
Hi Unfortunately this was the only picture provided of Ben. I think that police are just really keen to find anyone who saw Ben in the area so they can establish what he was doing - as he had no known links to West Sussex. This would be helpful in examining how he came about his tragic death. If we had another photo we would happily use it. Anna Anna Roberts
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4:50pm Thu 24 Apr 14

UglyAmerican says...

Goldenwight wrote:
Whilst it is very nice of the Police to release mug shots to the press, there is (or rather was) no indication that this man had ever been in trouble with the law. Until now.

Perhaps next time they could use a bit of foresight?
And how do you conclude this is a mugshot? Looks equally likely to be an employee identification badge photo.
[quote][p][bold]Goldenwight[/bold] wrote: Whilst it is very nice of the Police to release mug shots to the press, there is (or rather was) no indication that this man had ever been in trouble with the law. Until now. Perhaps next time they could use a bit of foresight?[/p][/quote]And how do you conclude this is a mugshot? Looks equally likely to be an employee identification badge photo. UglyAmerican
  • Score: 18

6:04pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Falmer Wizard says...

I believe that I heard on Radio Sussex that the body had been wrapped in plastic sheeting and bound,looking back on the earlier Argus item the response is that this item cannot be found,deleted?
I believe that I heard on Radio Sussex that the body had been wrapped in plastic sheeting and bound,looking back on the earlier Argus item the response is that this item cannot be found,deleted? Falmer Wizard
  • Score: 0

4:38am Fri 25 Apr 14

Punchy Bhangra says...

A story of human tragedy yet we get it served the headline leading with the word FEAR accompanied by a police mugshot.

Nice work Anna Roberts, next stop for you is the Daily Mail. You'll fit right in on a quiet night when there is a shortage of cats up tree's
A story of human tragedy yet we get it served the headline leading with the word FEAR accompanied by a police mugshot. Nice work Anna Roberts, next stop for you is the Daily Mail. You'll fit right in on a quiet night when there is a shortage of cats up tree's Punchy Bhangra
  • Score: -9

8:28am Fri 25 Apr 14

Quiterie says...

Punchy Bhangra wrote:
A story of human tragedy yet we get it served the headline leading with the word FEAR accompanied by a police mugshot.

Nice work Anna Roberts, next stop for you is the Daily Mail. You'll fit right in on a quiet night when there is a shortage of cats up tree's
Anna was recently nominated for Specialist Journalist of the Year. She's also the best eye candy the Argus currently has.

by the way "tree's" doesn't have an apostrophe. You wouldn't get the lovely Anna making such a schoolboy error.
[quote][p][bold]Punchy Bhangra[/bold] wrote: A story of human tragedy yet we get it served the headline leading with the word FEAR accompanied by a police mugshot. Nice work Anna Roberts, next stop for you is the Daily Mail. You'll fit right in on a quiet night when there is a shortage of cats up tree's[/p][/quote]Anna was recently nominated for Specialist Journalist of the Year. She's also the best eye candy the Argus currently has. by the way "tree's" doesn't have an apostrophe. You wouldn't get the lovely Anna making such a schoolboy error. Quiterie
  • Score: 3

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