Padiham man dies after breaking his neck in ice fall

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A MAN died from injuries he sustained when he slipped and fell on the ice in Padiham.

Mr Robert Clarke (60) of Church Street, Padiham, had left a pub in the town when he fell badly last December.

Despite banging his head and back he refused to go to hospital and was later found dead by police at his home on Tuesday, December 21st.

A post-mortem examination carried out by pathologist Dr Abdul Al-Dawoud found a small quantity of cannabis in Mr Clarke’s system but no alcohol.

An inquest into his death was held at Burnley Coroner’s Court where East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor heard evidence from the pathologist.

Dr Al-Dawoud said: “There were several slight cuts to the legs and arms but there was a much more serious injury to the spine.

“One of the verterbrae in the neck was broken. There are two important arteries in that area which supply blood to the brain and there was bleeding in that area.

“There was also a slight haemorrhage to the brain. The cause of death was fracture of the spine.”

Mr Taylor also heard from Hazel Holgate who said she saw Mr Clarke on a regular basis.

She said: “I last saw Robert on Sunday, December 19th when he said he had fallen in the snow.

“He was in some discomfort and thought he’d broken his arm. I suggested he go to hospital but her refused. He said he wanted to go to bed.”

Mr Taylor recorded a verdict of accidental death and said: “It appears that nobody witnessed Mr Clarke’s fall but that his injuries were far more serious than he thought they were.”