Coroner warns people not to try and steal from charity bins following tragic death

Brendan McBride

Brendan McBride

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

CHARITY recycling bins are to put donations in - not to steal out from a Bradford coroner has warned.

An inquest yesterday heard how teenager Brendan McBride had been trying to get clothing out of a charity clothing bin in the Great Horton area of the city in deserted darkness when he slipped from a plastic container he had been standing on and got trapped by his arm.

The force of the heavy hatch that closed on him and his own efforts to free himself, ended in traumatic injuries to his upper arm and shoulder and he bled to death.

CCTV footage showed the 19-year-old who lived in nearby Harlow Road walking towards where the bins were being stored near Save The Mother's Trust charity headquarters in Beckside Lane late at night.

He was found at 9am the following morning, on May 23 this year, by a passing worker.

Assistant Bradford coroner Roger Whittaker concluded Mr McBride's death had been "a straight forward accident".

He told Mr McBride's family that the injures were "horrific".

"Brendan should not have been in this place. We don't know why he was there. We've heard from his family he was not particularly bright but I'm sure he was on this occasion.

"I'm sure Brendan was trying to get clothing from the bin and as he tried to reach in, he slipped and became trapped."

He added: "Nothing can, or should, be done to stop this happening again. I don't think it would be possible anyway but I remain to be proved wrong.

"I don't think one has to design these clothing banks for someone trying to steal from these receptacles"

Police had reported the incident to the Health & Safety Executive but information came back that Europe-wide there had been nothing of a similar nature reported.

Nick Hill, whose Halifax-based company, Recycling Container Solutions, made the bin told the court his company used Do Not Enter stickers and that the the bin had a handle to control the hatch where people would normally put in donations.

"They are designed for people to get donations in easily and not for people to take things out. No-one would have arms long enough to reach inside," he said, but added the company had been looking at other designs.

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1:13pm Sat 16 Aug 14

bradford88 says...

What a sad way to die stealing out of some charity bins, poor kid
What a sad way to die stealing out of some charity bins, poor kid bradford88
  • Score: 8

1:19pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

bradford88 wrote:
What a sad way to die stealing out of some charity bins, poor kid
Not sure about the 'poor kid' bit. I mean, he was a 19 year adult.

And if people wish to steal (especially from charities), then sympathy is probably zero.
[quote][p][bold]bradford88[/bold] wrote: What a sad way to die stealing out of some charity bins, poor kid[/p][/quote]Not sure about the 'poor kid' bit. I mean, he was a 19 year adult. And if people wish to steal (especially from charities), then sympathy is probably zero. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 3

2:12pm Sat 16 Aug 14

bradford88 says...

Robin of Loxley wrote:
bradford88 wrote:
What a sad way to die stealing out of some charity bins, poor kid
Not sure about the 'poor kid' bit. I mean, he was a 19 year adult.

And if people wish to steal (especially from charities), then sympathy is probably zero.
Your right i know what you mean stealing from a charity is as low as it can get :-)
[quote][p][bold]Robin of Loxley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradford88[/bold] wrote: What a sad way to die stealing out of some charity bins, poor kid[/p][/quote]Not sure about the 'poor kid' bit. I mean, he was a 19 year adult. And if people wish to steal (especially from charities), then sympathy is probably zero.[/p][/quote]Your right i know what you mean stealing from a charity is as low as it can get :-) bradford88
  • Score: 12

2:25pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Class_War says...

What does this mean:

"We've heard from his family he was not particularly bright but I'm sure he was on this occasion." ?
What does this mean: "We've heard from his family he was not particularly bright but I'm sure he was on this occasion." ? Class_War
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2:49pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

Class_War wrote:
What does this mean:

"We've heard from his family he was not particularly bright but I'm sure he was on this occasion." ?
Maybe after he realised he couldn't get out, he'd had a bright spark of some sort?
[quote][p][bold]Class_War[/bold] wrote: What does this mean: "We've heard from his family he was not particularly bright but I'm sure he was on this occasion." ?[/p][/quote]Maybe after he realised he couldn't get out, he'd had a bright spark of some sort? Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 3

9:03am Sun 17 Aug 14

Idlesteve says...

As a parent, I feel sorry for those left behind and the person finding Brendan. However, you take a risk and you pay the price. Utter stupidity.
As a parent, I feel sorry for those left behind and the person finding Brendan. However, you take a risk and you pay the price. Utter stupidity. Idlesteve
  • Score: 6

9:33am Sun 17 Aug 14

edmo57 says...

for gods sake!! ok i fully agree that stealing from a charity is wrong,but not to have any sympathy for him dying is very extreme and reminiscent of other cultures. to lose a life so young over a stupid mistake is a tragedy. if caught and convicted would these people on here have sentenced him to death?get real and show some compassion a family has lost a son ...
for gods sake!! ok i fully agree that stealing from a charity is wrong,but not to have any sympathy for him dying is very extreme and reminiscent of other cultures. to lose a life so young over a stupid mistake is a tragedy. if caught and convicted would these people on here have sentenced him to death?get real and show some compassion a family has lost a son ... edmo57
  • Score: 5

1:28pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Robin of Loxley says...

edmo57 wrote:
for gods sake!! ok i fully agree that stealing from a charity is wrong,but not to have any sympathy for him dying is very extreme and reminiscent of other cultures. to lose a life so young over a stupid mistake is a tragedy. if caught and convicted would these people on here have sentenced him to death?get real and show some compassion a family has lost a son ...
With respect, would you be saying the same thing if someone killed themselves whilst speeding away from the Police?

Would have the same amount of sympathy that you're showing here?
[quote][p][bold]edmo57[/bold] wrote: for gods sake!! ok i fully agree that stealing from a charity is wrong,but not to have any sympathy for him dying is very extreme and reminiscent of other cultures. to lose a life so young over a stupid mistake is a tragedy. if caught and convicted would these people on here have sentenced him to death?get real and show some compassion a family has lost a son ...[/p][/quote]With respect, would you be saying the same thing if someone killed themselves whilst speeding away from the Police? Would have the same amount of sympathy that you're showing here? Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 2

7:15pm Sun 17 Aug 14

ivegate says...

Ignore Robins comment, just a k""b head muslim keyboard warrior
What the f*k has" if someone killed themselves " to do with the report,Kn*b

Now Robin if you wish to refer to the other heartbreaking death? ???/that is also reported this weekend .Please feel free
Ignore Robins comment, just a k""b head muslim keyboard warrior What the f*k has" if someone killed themselves " to do with the report,Kn*b Now Robin if you wish to refer to the other heartbreaking death? ???/that is also reported this weekend .Please feel free ivegate
  • Score: 0

10:44pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Rya begum says...

I heard he was trying to get some clothing to keep warm. His mum didn't let him in because he came home late. He was a good kid not a thief.
I heard he was trying to get some clothing to keep warm. His mum didn't let him in because he came home late. He was a good kid not a thief. Rya begum
  • Score: 0

10:48pm Sun 17 Aug 14

Rya begum says...

He was a good kid not a thief. He was trying to get some clothing to put over him for the night to keep warm. His mum didn't let him in because he came home late!
He was a good kid not a thief. He was trying to get some clothing to put over him for the night to keep warm. His mum didn't let him in because he came home late! Rya begum
  • Score: 2

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