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shanklinhoperoadsuicide6An inquest has today (Wednesday) heard that 52-year-old Maxine Thompson died as a result of asphyxiation from hanging after suspending herself from a pillar on Hope Road in Shanklin back in January of this year.

As first reported by Island Echo, Coastguard teams, Police and ambulance crews were called Shanklin Esplanade on the afternoon of 15th January when the body of a dark skinned female was discovered hanging below railings overlooking the sea.

Today’s inquest, which was held in Newport, detailed how Ms Thompson was homeless and living in a tent at the bottom of Hope Road. She was known in the Shanklin area for pushing a buggy around with her possessions in and is said to have previously suffered from Schizophrenia.

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A statement made by DS John Walton, senior investigating officer, said it was apparent that a noose made of sheets had been tied around Ms Thompson’s neck and that there was no evidence to suggest any third party involvement. Similar material to that used to create the noose was found within the nearby tent in which Ms Thompson was living.

Caroline Sumeray, coroner for the Isle of Wight, recorded an open conclusion as she could not be satisfied that Maxine Thompson intended the consequence of her actions would be her own death. No suicide note was found, no one witnessed the incident and there was no other independent evidence of her intention.

Sadly, no next of kin have been identified to date. Maxine Thompson’s last known address was in West Sussex back in 2014. She is said to have previously been of the Hounslow and Lewisham areas.

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Help is at hand when you need it – you don’t have to be suicidal to get in touch.

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