Driver found dead in van at Dartford DPD depot in run up to Black Friday

A courier has been found dead in his car by colleagues at a parcel depot in Kent. Warren Norton, then in his 40s, was spotted at the wheel at DPD headquarters in Dartford yesterday (November 23).

Warren was reportedly seen by colleagues lying in his Citroën van. They thought he was asleep and tapped on the window to wake him up but he didn’t respond. Then someone smashed the window to get into the car. He was subsequently given CPR and used a pacemaker but was pronounced dead on the warehouse floor.

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According to The Sun, the father is believed to have worked for DPD for about two years. Colleagues told DPD that couriers are encouraged to work longer hours during busy times like Black Friday, and Warren is said to have worked up to 14-hour days for weeks as Black Friday packages piled up. But DPD denied this.

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We monitor each driver’s hours for legal and safety reasons.

A spokesperson told KentLive: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Warren Norton. Mr. Norton was a self-employed driver, employed by a supplier for DPD and was well known and respected at the depot. Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this time.”

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“We completely deny any allegations of pressure to work long hours and can confirm that we, as a responsible carrier, monitor every driver’s hours for legal and safety reasons. Mr. Norton worked an average of 5 days a week for DPD and the hours he worked were consistent. well within legal limits.”

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