Depression sufferer jumped to his death from viaduct

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An inquest has heard how a Northern Ireland man jumped to his death from Colne Viaduct.

Mr Craig Boal (38) was suffering from depression when he jumped from the railway viaduct in Knotts Lane at 1-05pm on Tuesday, May 31st this year.

An inquest at Burnley Coroner’s Court heard how Mr Boal, of Humphrey Street, Brierfield, was pronounced dead at the scene.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor was told there were no witnesses to the incident, but a search of Mr Boal’s house had revealed a suicide note.

Mr Taylor said: “I have been told by Mr Boal’s GP that he suffered from depression. His family live in Northern Ireland and have been unable to shed any light on his current mood.

“There were no witnesses or CCTV footage of the incident. However, given where he was on the viaduct and taking into account the note that was found I have little option but to return a conclusion of suicide.

“I offer my deepest sympathies to his family.”