Company director found hanged

A WELL-known Ipswich property agent is today thought to have taken his own life after he was found hanging at his home near Woodbridge.

Colin Adwent

A WELL-known Ipswich property agent is today thought to have taken his own life after he was found hanging at his home near Woodbridge.

Neil Baker, a company director, who worked at Primedale in Neale Street, Ipswich, was discovered on Sunday afternoon by a friend who had gone round to see him at his house in Grundisburgh Road, Clopton.

His body was found hanging in the garage of the property.


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Police and paramedics were called to the premises, but 53-year-old Mr Baker had already died by the time they arrived.

Anne-Marie Breach, a spokeswoman for Suffolk police, confirmed officers had attended the scene: “We were called to an address in Grundisburgh Road, Clopton just after 1.30pm to reports of a man found hanging in the garage.”

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She added there were not thought to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Baker's death.

A spokeswoman for East of England Ambulance Service said it had sent two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle to his home, but there was nothing that could be done to save Mr Baker.

The initial indication was that the company director had died from a cardiac or respiratory arrest.

The tragedy is now being investigated by the coroner's office in Ipswich.

An inquest is due to be held at a later date.

Staff at Primedale were too upset to speak about the tragedy when contacted yesterday.

However, Colin Girling, the Suffolk representative for the National Association of Estate Agents said: “It is a terrible tragedy that somebody that age has had to do what he did. I feel so sorry for his family and colleagues who have to pick up the pieces and carry on.”

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