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Suicide verdict after Shrewsbury man found hanged near River Severn

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A missing Shropshire man was found hanged by the River Severn, an inquest heard.

Andrew Warren, 50, of Shrewsbury, was found on the river bank in the Shelton area on May 27 this year following a major search and rescue operation.

Mr Warren, a registered general nurse, disappeared on May 17 and is believed to have been last seen alive on May 24.

At an inquest in Wem yesterday, John Ellery, coroner for North and Mid Shropshire, ruled that Mr Warren had killed himself. The inquest heard he had been suffering from depression and had recently split up with his wife Anne.

She told the inquest: "We split up about two months before he died. I was still in contact with him. It was not a bitter break-up."

His family said the death of his mother in 2008 had a "life-changing" effect on him.

The inquest heard Mr Warren was known to the mental health authorities and was taken to Shrewsbury Police Station under the Mental Health Act shortly before he disappeared.

Dr Prahbat Sood, who assessed him, said he was later discharged after showing he could go back into the community.

"He was hopeful, he was looking forward to life and he told me he was writing a book," he said.

The coroner said he could not confirm the exact time and date of Mr Warren's death.

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