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Thorntons Recycling Plant Kileen Rd Ballyfermot where a Human leg was found overnight. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Thorntons Recycling Plant Kileen Rd Ballyfermot where a Human leg was found overnight. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Thorntons Recycling Plant Kileen Rd Ballyfermot where a Human leg was found overnight. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Body parts found overnight at a Dublin waste recycling plant are believed to be those of a woman.

The first gruesome discovery of a human leg was made by a shocked worker just before midnight at the Thorntons recycling plant on Killeen Road in Ballyfermot.

Gardai were called to the scene as soon as the discovery was made, along with a doctor who confirmed that the limb was human.

But gardai then discovered part of what is believed to be a pelvis and an arm while searching through mountains of rubbish this morning. Early indications are that the remains are that of a woman, sources said.

"It's early in the investigation, and the teams of gardai are working in very difficult conditions. But the early signs are that the remains are female," one source told the Herald.

"Gardai are looking at all avenues in this investigation."

Detectives remained at the site this morning as the search for more remains continued, and an investigation has been launched to try and identify the victim.

Bins

While gardai are keeping an open mind, one avenue being investigated is that the remains could be from a homeless person who may have been sleeping rough in a bin somewhere in the city.

There have been instances in the past where people who were in bins have been crushed in bin lorries, as well as occasions when homeless people have been rescued from the jaws of the mechanical crushers after being tipped into them while sleeping in bins.

In March this year Bray native Paco Hayes (45) cheated death when he woke up in a Greyhound bin lorry after being tipped into it from a large bin he was sleeping in at Hardwicke Street on the northside of the city.

In August last year the body of a man was found at a recycling plant operated by the Panda group in Ballymount, west Dublin.

Polish national Henryk Piotrowski (43), a father of two, was discovered after a bin lorry emptied its contents at the facility.

An autopsy showed that while Mr 
Piotrowski suffocated inside the lorry, he had suffered injuries to his face and head that were consistent with an assault.

Two men have since been charged in the case.

In February 2011 the arm of convicted rapist James Nolan (46) was found washed up on Dollymount Strand.

Gardai have not ruled out that the remains found last night could have been dumped in a bin following an assault or an attack.

A spokesperson for Thorntons did not want to comment, and gardai emphasised that the investigation is at an early stage.

Sources say the worker who found the limb and raised the alarm will be offered counselling.

cfeehan@herald.ie


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