Walker finds teen hanged in Burnley wood: inquest

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A TROUBLED teenager died after hanging himself in woods in Burnley, an inquest heard.

Matthew Watson, also known as Glover, was found hanged in woods off Rosehill Road by a walker on March 1st. He was 19.

An inquest at Burnley Coroner’s Court was told Matthew, of Moorland Road, Burnley, had battled depression, but was not on medication for his problem.

His mother, Mrs Helen Watson, said: “Matthew was a happy and friendly lad who had lots of friends. He could be up and down with his depression but I thought he was getting better.

“He had been living with his sister but was due to come back to live with me because I had just got the keys to a new house.

“Matthew had taken an overdose of tablets eight months before. I took him to the doctor after that to seek further help but he said he was better.”

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor said Matthew’s journal, which came to light after his death, spoke of his difficulties and how he felt worthless. He recorded a verdict of suicide.

His friend, Miss Emma Duckworth, told the hearing: “Matthew was a great lad, always very friendly. He didn’t go out a lot at weekends. I had been to a party with him the night before he died and know he had taken some speed (amphetamine) during the day and bubble (mephedrone). He didn’t give any indication about what he was going to do.”

Pathologist Dr Zuhair Twaij, who conducted the post-mortem examination, said the cause of death was hanging. Dr Twaij also said toxicology tests revealed small levels of the stimulant drugs in his system.

Coroner Mr Taylor said: “Matthew was clearly very troubled for some time. He spoke about his difficulties in his journal a year before his death. I record a verdict he took his own life.”