Body in canal due to suicide

A coroner told a South Derbyshire inquest on Monday that a man found drifting in the Erewash Canal in May committed suicide.

Donald Young, 72, of Milford Avenue, Long Eaton, was pulled out of a stretch of the canal near Dockholme Lock in the town on the morning of May 18.

A post-mortem examination conducted by Dr Gurprit Atwal, a consultant pathologist at Derby Royal Hospital, suggested Mr Young died as a result of drowning.

Pc Robert Stapleton, of Long Eaton Police Station, was one of the first officers on the seen that morning.

He confirmed for assistant deputy coroner Paul McCandless that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

Pc Stapleton said police attended Mr Young’s home address the same day and found a note he had left on display.

The note read: ‘Gone down to the canal. David and Marg, I love you. Don.’

Mr Young’s brother, David Young, of Moores Avenue, Sandiacre, told the court he and his wife Margaret visited him often and the last time he saw his brother on May 17 he seemed normal.

When asked by the coroner if he thought his brother had taken his own life, Mr Young said: “Yes, because he would never go down there. It’s completely out of character for him.”

Mr McCandless returned a verdict of death due to suicide.