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Suicide verdict on hanging in Oswestry woodland

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A 21-year-old man who was found hanged in woodlands by police had told friends he was going to kill himself, an inquest heard.

Christopher James Davies, of no fixed abode, had been living in a disused garage in Oswestry in the weeks leading up to his death.

The hearing at the Guildhall in Shrewsbury heard a written statement from a 15-year-old friend of Mr Davies, who said he had seen him on March 10 and found him to be "extremely down and upset".

The teenager said despite pleas, Mr Davies told friends he intended to kill himself and even handed over possessions including a watch, a wallet and a couple of lighters.

They contacted police and, following a thorough search of the area, Mr Davies was found dead a few hours later in an area known as Candy Woods, between Morda and Trefonen.

Toxicology reports showed there was no alcohol or drugs in Mr Davies's body at the time of death, the inquest was told.

Shropshire coroner John Ellery said: "The medical cause of death is hanging. I am sure that Christopher intended to kill himself, and in these sad circumstances I record a verdict of suicide."

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