Cliviger man hanged himself after losing job

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An intelligent and popular Cliviger man who became bitter about being made redundant hanged himself at home.

Mr Scott Anderton (37) was found hanging from a pull-up bar at his home in Red Lees Avenue by his wife, Kelly, on the morning of April 20th.

An inquest at Burnley Coroner’s Court heard Mrs Anderton say her husband had become “bitter and angry” since being made redundant from his job as a manager at Hopwood Hall College, Middleton, three years before. The night before his death the couple had been out with friends for a meal but slept apart after having a disagreement on their return home.

Mrs Anderton discovered her husband dead downstairs the next morning. She said: “Scott and I had been together for eight years. We had our ups and downs, but in the last few years Scott had started to suffer from depression. He had become stressed at work before he was made redundant. He had been prescribed anti-depressant medication which he took, but he would still have very angry episodes and outbursts.

“After he was made redundant he became self-employed and initially enjoyed it and had three jobs for a while.

“However, he became very preoccupied with the redundancy and was bitter and angry about it.”

Mrs Anderton said her husband visited the Healthy Minds East Lancashire group for help where he admitted to feeling tense and losing interest in his hobbies. Mrs Anderton added: “He would sometimes say he was waiting to die but I thought these were just irrational outbursts. ”

Mr Anderton’s father, Alan Anderton, told the inquest his son had been very popular with work colleagues, had recently won a national award and been asked to become a global consultant for a corporation in Norway. He disagreed his son had become stressed at work before his redundancy.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor recorded a conclusion Mr Anderton had taken his own life while suffering from a depressive illness.