Coroner to investigate hangings

INVESTIGATIONS are being carried by the coroner after the deaths of two men - one of them a young father - found hanging in the Felixstowe area.

INVESTIGATIONS are being carried by the coroner after the deaths of two men - one of them a young father - found hanging in the Felixstowe area.

Inquests have been opened and adjourned into the deaths of Robert Meehan and Phillip Melton and preparations are being made for full hearings once Greater Suffolk Coroner Peter Dean has all the necessary reports.

The procedure means the families are able to hold funerals.

Mr Meehan was found hanging from a tree near the foreshore at Trimley St Martin.

A member of the public out walking in the area between Trimley and Levington on the banks of the River Orwell found his body at the beauty spot and alerted the police.

It is understood because of the difficult access to the site, vehicles could not easily reach it and off-road vehicles had to be used to recover the body.

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Mr Meehan, 52, who is believed to live in Trimley St Mary, was found about 1.40pm on June 27 and an inquest was opened into his death on July 2.

Mr Melton, 23, is understood to have been found hanging at a house in Coronation Drive, Felixstowe, on July 8.

Police officers attended and are compiling a report for the coroner, who opened an inquest on July 11.

Mr Melton leaves a young son Josh and a partner Naomi.

A funeral service will be held for Mr Melton on Monday at 11am at Cavendish Community Church, Grange Farm Avenue, Felixstowe.

Did you know Robert Meehan or Phillip Melton - would you like to pay tribute? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail EveningStarLetters@eveningstar.co.uk

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