Mystery over Barnoldswick man’s hanging death aged 26

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MYSTERY surrounds the death of a young Barnoldswick man found hanged at his home.

An inquest into the death of Mr Gary Brown (26) heard how he had shown no signs of depression and had even recently booked to go on a weekend away with friends.

His mum, Mrs Joan Creek, described him as a hard-worker and happy.

“He sometimes could get a bit upset about things but he was a happy lad,” she said.

He was found at the family home in Chestnut Drive in March shortly after having his tea.

Mrs Creek said: “There was nothing unusual about him at tea whatsoever. He had spoken to his sister and asked about when they would be going out again, then he ate his tea and went upstairs around 6 p.m. We found him at 9 p.m.”

Recording an open verdict, East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor said: “I can’t say beyond all reasonable doubt he set out to end his own life. I don’t believe he did intend to end his own life but I can’t give an explanation as to what he was thinking. Maybe he thought he would be found.”

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