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Death of woman who fell from car park in Bury St Edmunds ruled as ‘suicide’


The death of a woman who fell from a multi storey car park in Bury St Edmunds has been concluded as suicide.

Patricia Hopkins, 64, died of mulitple injuries after falling from the 12th floor of the car park, in Parkway, on November 28 last year.

An inquest into her death on Monday heard that Mrs Hopkins, of Union Hill, Semer, was ‘struggling to cope’ with the recent death of her husband and loss of their family farm.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, Coroner Dr Dan Sharpstone said: “This lady understood and intended the consequence of her action.”

The inquest in Bury heard that Mrs Hopkins was assessed by mental health worker Alan Price just three days before her death. He concluded she was having trouble adjusting to the changes in her life and was ‘feeling lonely’.

Mrs Hopkins, a volunteer for Sue Ryder, saw her GP Dr Anglin on November 12 and was noted to be ‘feeling low’.

They met again on November 26 and Dr Anglin noted she was ‘pursuing opportunities’ for more voluntary work. Dr Sharpstone said Mrs Hopkins was ‘making realistic plans to improve her situation’.


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