Surrey Donation Bin Death Is Not Suspicious: Police

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Surrey RCMP and the B.C. coroner's service are looking into the death of a man found stuck inside a charity donation bin.

On Tuesday morning, a passerby called police to the bin located in an empty lot near the Guildford Town Centre mall.

Emergency crews had to cut the steel bin open to free the man, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, said RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann in a news release.

surrey donation bin deathA passerby saw the man stuck in the bin and called police.

"At this point this sudden death does not appear suspicious and the male’s identity is still being determined," he added.

Officers are canvassing the neighbourhood for witnesses and video surveillance, said Schumann.

Last September, a homeless woman was trying to pull donated items out of a similar bin in Pitt Meadows, east of Vancouver, when she got trapped.

The 45-year-old later died of her injuries in hospital.

The containers, which are usually located in parking lots or on busy streets, collect donations like clothing and shoes for charities. They are designed with heavy chute openings to deter people from taking items out.

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