Family pay tribute to tragic grandson

This Is Wiltshire: Family pay tribute to tragic grandson Family pay tribute to tragic grandson

The family of Matthew Symonds have described the impact his death has had on them.

The body of the 34-year-old was found at a Biffa waste facility in Avonmouth on August 1.

A post mortem has been conducted and further tests are being carried out but police are not treating the death as suspicious.

In a joint statement his grandmother Susan Symonds and Aunt Rachel Symonds said: “The whole family are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Matthew in such circumstances.

“We remain distressed about the way it happened – it is a tragedy and appears to have been a terrible accident. He will never be forgotten.

“Despite his hard life and upbringing he was a good lad who was kind and polite. He loved to talk and would continue until in the end you had to tell him to be quiet.

“The loss of his mum had a massive impact on him. As an only child he was devoted to his mum Madeline who sadly died in September last year.

 “Due to the post mortem and police investigation, it has not been possible to make any funeral arrangements yet.”

The incident has been reported to the health and safety executive.

A full inquest into the death will be held at a later date.

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