Inquest to open after Burnley mum (42) found hanged at A&E

Royal Blackburn Hospital.
Royal Blackburn Hospital.

An inquest is set to be opened after a 42-year-old Burnley mum was found dead in the Royal Blackburn Hospital’s A and E department.

Tributes have been pouring in for popular and loving mum-of-three Jackie Williams since she was found hanged in a side room in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

A probe has been launched into the tragedy which has shocked her family and many friends.

And now it has been confirmed her inquest will be opened and adjourned at 1-45pm on Tuesday, in King George’s Hall’s Northgate Suite, in Blackburn.

Social media accounts have been full of special tributes to Jackie, who was was married to husband Wayne.

Mrs Williams was employed by a private company and she cleaned at Burnley’s Asda store. She was known as an “Asda Ace”.

An Asda spokesman said: “It has come as a shock. She was a lovely lady and had many friends at the Asda store.”

A spokesman for Lancashire Constabulary said: “Police were called around 1am on Tuesday to a report that a 42-year-old woman had been found hanging. The death is not being treated as suspicious.”

Dr Ian Stanley, Acting Medical Director at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, promised the Trust would carry out an investigation into what had happened, and extended the Trust’s sympathies to the woman’s family.

“Our sympathies are with the patient’s family at this very difficult time,” he said.

“This tragic incident is now the subject of a coroner’s inquest and the Trust will be undertaking a multi-agency investigation into the circumstances that led to this and for this reason, we are unable to comment further.”