Depressed man took his own life

PUBLISHED: 14:00 29 July 2014

North Somerset Coroner's Court

North Somerset Coroner's Court


A DOG walker discovered the body of a man in Nailsea after he took an overdose of medication on a park bench.

Andrew Webb was aged 41 when he died on February 17.

On July 16, an inquest into his death was held at Flax Bourton Coroner’s Court when it was concluded he took his own life.

Mr Webb’s lifeless body was discovered on the ground next to a bench at Grove Sports Centre’s playing fields at just before 8am by a dog walker called Joanna Shearn.

Worried about approaching the man in case he was drunk and asleep, she asked for assistance from another man walking his dog. However, he refused to help.

She then fetched two other women from inside the sports centre before they approached the body and then called the police and ambulance service.

Paramedics confirmed Mr Webb was dead and police officers cordoned off the area. Next to his body there was a carrier bag containing empty cans of cider, an unopened bottle of wine and a number of tablets.

When police visited his home in Heathfield Way, they discovered a note he had written to his brother Adrian.

The inquest heard Mr Webb had suffered from depression, anxiety and alcohol dependency for many years and had been struggling to cope since his mother died in September last year.

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