Padiham man (69) found hanged at home

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A man from Padiham has been found hanged at home.

Mr Rodney Leighton (69) was found hanging at his home in Cardwell Street by police officers who forced entry into the house following concerns over his welfare last Monday.

Pathologist Dr Abdul Al-Dawoud conducted a post-mortem examination and gave the cause of death as hanging.

He has requested toxicological tests be carried out.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor opened and adjourned the inquest to allow the further tests to be done.