A taxi driver was left horrified after finding the body of a man in Grimsby while on his way to a job. Rod Braithwaite, 47, immediately rang for help when he saw the man on Wednesday, March 29, at around 4.30am - then carried on with his shift.
The Links Taxis driver said he had since woken up a few times because of his shock over the incident, and believes he will never forget what he has seen.
“I used to work for an undertaker, but I have never seen anything like this,” he told the Grimsby Telegraph. “It’s a shock to me. I saw something out of the corner of my eye. I thought it was just kids playing Guy Fawkes or something like that. It wasn’t until I shone my torch that I saw what it was.”
He added: “The police arrived very quickly. An officer was there within two or three minutes.”
Remarkably, the Grimsby man said he carried on with his shift after the discovery. “The shift finished at 6am, but I did a few more jobs,” he said. “I was thinking about it and it was on my mind. I will never forget it.”
He is grateful that the discovery was made, though - because it means that someone else such as a woman walking to work early in the morning did not have to come across it.
“If anyone had gone up the walkway there on the ramp, they would have seen him,” he said.
Police are investigating the incident. A spokesman for Humberside Police said: “While he is yet to be formally identified, he is believed to be a local man aged in his fifties. His death is not being treated as suspicious at this time and a file is being prepared for the coroner. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”