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

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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9:51am Sat 16 Aug 14

llos25 says...

He deserves what he got .
He deserves what he got . llos25
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