Hanging death of Roughlee man (51)

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A Roughlee man left a suicide note which mimicked the inscription on the headstone of comedian Spike Milligan, an inquest was told.

Stephen Jeffrey Haigh (51), of Thorneybank Farm, was found hanging by his ex-wife on the evening of October 31st, Burnley Coroners’ Court heard.

Assistant East Lancashire Coroner Mr Mark Williams read a statement from Acting Inspector David Clark which said Mr Haigh had attempted to cut his wrists and drink weedkiller with milk before hanging himself.

A note reading “I told you I was poorly” was found in the house.

His ex-wife Katy said Mr Haigh was not one to share his problems but kept things bottled up.

The pair had separated in September but remained on good terms.

His business had suffered financial problems in recent times and he was being harassed by a former partner over child benefit payments, she said. Mr Williams recored a verdict of suicide.