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‘Troubled’ nursing assistant from Beck Row took her own life, inquest concludes

By Bethany Whymark

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News from the Bury Free Press

A young nursing assistant from Beck Row took her own life to escape ‘difficult personal circumstances’, an inquest into her death has heard.

Patricia Ross, 26, was found hanged at her home in Jersey Court on August 25 last year.

Following failed attempts to find and contact her, an ambulance crew forced entry into the house in a secure accommodation block and found Ms Ross suspended from the banisters.

The inquest at the Active Business Centre, in Bury St Edmunds, on Friday heard concerns had previously been raised for her welfare in the wake of ‘some difficult personal circumstances’, which related to previous instances of self-harm.

These concerns had been passed from Cambridgeshire Police to Suffolk Police, to continue watching Ms Ross ‘for her own well-being’.

Recording the conclusion that Ms Ross had taken her own life, Suffolk Coroner Dr Peter Dean said: “There had been difficult domestic circumstances and these had led to a concern for her welfare and well-being.”

A toxicology report revealed the presence of alcohol and MDMA or ecstacy in Ms Ross’s blood at the time of her death. The inquest also heard a suicide note was found by her sister and provided to police.

Following investigations, DI Andrew Smethurst of Suffolk Police said there were ‘no suspicious circumstances’ surrounding her death and no third party involvement.

Dr Dean said: “It appears that Patricia had had troubled times in her life which had led to the difficulties from which she suffered, and clearly there were concerns for her well-being at that very difficult time.

“Even without the note there was no evidence of any other party’s involvement in causing the death, and no one could suggest it was a cry for help that tragically went wrong.”


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