Drug addict found dead on Burnley bridge

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A MAN found dead on a Burnley footbridge had been battling an addiction to drugs for years, an inquest heard.

Mr Alfred Leverett (49), of Kent Street, was discovered on the bridge in Trafalgar Street on February 26th.

He had spent the evening at his friend Ronald Houghton’s house in Kime Street before setting off to walk home.

Mr Houghton said his good friend had taken cannabis and amphetamines that night and it was well-known that he had a problem with drugs. He said: “They had started to really affect him. He was taking so much that he was starting to see things in his flat. He wasn’t well and he thought people were after him.”

Mr Houghton said that Mr Leverett had already set off home once at 9-30pm but had returned because he had left his house key and tobacco tin.

“He was frantic when he came back because he had just had his locks changed and he thought he had lost his keys. I gave them to him and he went.”

He added: “He’d gone too far with the drugs and paranoia had set in.”

Consultant pathologist Dr Walid Salman, who conducted the post-mortem examination, confirmed that cannabis and amphetamines were found in Mr Leverett’s system and ruled his cause of death as amphetamine toxicity.

East Lancashire deputy coroner Mark Williams recorded a verdict of accidental death.