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Woman found at Parkway multi-storey car park took her life, inquest concludes

PUBLISHED: 14:11 30 March 2015 | UPDATED: 16:15 30 March 2015

Emergency services at the scene at the multi-storey car park in Bury on November 28.

Emergency services at the scene at the multi-storey car park in Bury on November 28.

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A 64-year-old woman who died after falling from a multi-storey car park in Bury St Edmunds committed suicide, an inquest has heard.

Patricia Hopkins, from Semer, near Hadleigh, was found at the bottom of the Parkway car park on November 28 last year.

An inquest into her death, which was held in Bury this morning, heard she was seen by mental health worker Alan Price three days before she died and a follow-up appointment had been organised.

He felt she was suffering from an “adjustment problem” following the death of her husband a year earlier and the sale of their farm, and she was also unhappy with her new house.

But she had started to volunteer with Sue Ryder and was starting to change her lifestyle.

Mrs Hopkins, of Union Hill, had also seen her doctor on November 26 and he noted she was actively pursuing opportunities to do voluntary work.

Assistant coroner Dr Dan Sharpstone said she understood and intended the consequences of her actions and concluded her death was suicide.

“This lady was suffering to come to terms with loss in her life; the loss of her husband and farm and role in life and structure to her days.”

He said a suicide note had been found.

Mr Price had noted that Mrs Hopkins, who was on antidepressants, had attempted to jump off before, but had decided not to and told him she had “no further plans to do the same”.

When her GP, Dr Anglin, saw her on November 12 last year he noted she was low in mood, but had no suicidal plans.

The cause of death was given as multiple injuries due to a fall, and mental health issues were also a factor.

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