Police have been removing rubbish from a Worcestershire recycling depot in an investigation connected with the discovery of a man’s body in Kent.

Police in North Worcestershire moved into the Crossgate depot, near Redditch, as part of the inquiry.

They were liaising with Metropolitan Police detectives investigating the death of a man found dumped at a waste management centre in Crayford.

It is thought they are looking into the possibility the body had been dumped in Redditch before being transported down to Kent. Dozens of police officers descended on the plant at the Park Farm Industrial Estate at about 8am yesterday.

The body of the man, whose age and ethnicity have not been specified, was found at about 2pm on Tuesday.

Residents living near the Crossgate plant, which is run by Redditch Borough Council and is the town’s biggest household refuge and recycling site, said they were shocked to see the police there.

Ben Furlow, 26, who works for the NHS said: "Normally it’s really quiet around here with not much going on. I couldn’t believe it when I turned up at work and I could see police everywhere."

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police, which is leading the investigation, said: "The body has been identified but the next of kin have yet to be informed."

He added they thought the body might have arrived in Kent through the recycling system, saying: "We are liaising with West Mercia Police and at this stage we are treating the man’s death as unexplained." Post mortem results have not yet been released.

A spokesman for Redditch Borough Council said: "I can confirm that we are working with the Metropolitan and West Mercia police forces in their investigations, however I cannot comment further than that at the moment."