News: Mystery surrounds final moments of man found dead in Grantham Canal

News: Mystery surrounds final moments of man found dead in Grantham Canal

Another Lincolnshire Highlights news story…

An inquest into the death of a man who was found dead in Grantham Canal heard there was nothing more anyone could do to piece together his final movements.

Andrew North, 50, from Newark, was said to be a man ‘who no one had a bad word to say about’ by during the inquest at Lincoln Cathedral Centre yesterday, Wednesday May 15.

An angler found his in a lock next to the Dirty Duck pub in Woolsthorpe, which is 12 miles from his place of work on December 5 last year.

He had disappeared from his job at Talbot Chemicals in Newark without clocking off at 2pm two days earlier. His disappearance from the place where he worked for 15 years sparked concern among his colleagues, who described him as a “creature of habit”.

Mr North was seen in five different pubs later on the day he disappeared, but was asked to leave the premises at a number of the pubs after trying to pay for pints’ of beer with only his Yale key, saying he had no money.

The Dirty Duck pub
(Image: Lincolnshire Live)

But police have been unable to find out exactly how he reached Grantham Canal as he could not drive, did not know the area and there was no evidence of him taking public transport or a taxi.

Detective Inspector John Shield, Lincolnshire Police, who gave evidence at the hearing, said: “Extensive enquiries were undertaken.

“Andrew was found face down in the static water of the lock, officers attended the location. He was fully clothed.

“Andrew’s mental health was an issue of concern for family, neighbours and work colleagues.”

The inquest heard he had a habit of ‘talking himself into an argumentative tone’ and the weeks leading up to his death he appeared more agitated over political issues like Brexit.

But Coroner Paul Smith said the evidence presented to the inquest left so many questions unanswered that he had no choice to return an open verdict.

“Whatever problems he had, everyone accepted him,” he said.”This world is full of people with mental health issues, very few of them end up in these circumstances.

“He had his own habits, everyone at work knew and no one had a bad word to say about him.”

Mr Smith added: “With some reluctance I find I’m driven to return the open conclusion, that is not an admission of defeat, I make findings based on the evidence.

“It reflects the reality of the situation, we are still missing some pieces of the jigsaw, we can’t say with any certainty what happened to Andrew in his final moments.

“It provides perhaps small comfort to the family that the matter was investigated with some diligence.”

Speaking after the hearing Deborah North, Andrew’s sister said: “We are happy with the investigation.

“There was nothing more police could have done.”



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