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London Underground Keeps Dead Bodies Of Suicide Victims In Bins, Documentary Reveals

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A documentary titled "Confessions From The Underground" reveals that bodies of suicide victims are often kept in storage bins or cupboards until the proper authorities arrive. The practice is meant to help avoid prolonging delays on the London Underground. In this file photo, commuters walk in a central London's Underground station, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.

A new documentary has revealed that London Underground workers are urged to place suicide victims' bodies in cupboards and bins in order not to disrupt service. About 50 people commit suicide each year in "the tube," which serves more than one billion riders annually.

In a documentary titled "Confessions From The Underground," subway workers anonymously divulge details about the system's disturbing practice that's meant to help keep trains on schedule and avoid delays, the Telegraph reports.

The bins often serve as temporary storage locations until the proper authorities arrive to retrieve the bodies.

At least one subway worker said he found the practice disrespectful but also acknowledged he understood the reasoning.

"...Do I keep the station shut until the coroner and his guys gets there and inconvenience the rest of London?" he says in the documentary, according the Telegraph.

In addition, some employees say they've heard stories of workers accidentally stumbling upon dead bodies while looking for supplies, according to the British newspaper Metro.

A London Underground spokesperson told Metro the system offers counseling and therapy, should any of their roughly 19,000 workers request it.

Channel 4, the station airing the documentary, released a statement describing what viewers can expect to see on the show.

HuffPost UK has the details:

"This documentary provides a rare glimpse into the depths of the iconic Tube network that passengers don't see, as workers reveal the dilemmas and pressures that they must reconcile to keep this hugely complex and strained system running."

Among the concerns on the minds of employees are signal failures, emergency response and train derailments.

"Any moment it could go spinning off into chaos...," one driver says in the documentary, according to the Daily Mirror.

The documentary, which uses actors to portray subway workers, was directed by Liz Unna and produced by Peter Dale and Katherine Haywood, according to the Radio Times.

"Confessions From The Underground" will air at 10 p.m. GMT on Thursday, Feb. 2, in the United Kingdom on Channel 4.

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