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Man believed to have set himself on fire in Lowestoft had mental health concerns, inquest hears

PUBLISHED: 06:35 15 October 2015 | UPDATED: 06:35 15 October 2015

Emergency services attend the scene of a human fire on London Road North, Lowestoft.

Emergency services attend the scene of a human fire on London Road North, Lowestoft.

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The inquest into the death of a man believed to have set himself on fire in Lowestoft, opened yesterday.

Peter Sherwood, 67, who lived in High Street, Lowestoft, died in Broomfield Hospital near Chelmsford on Tuesday, September 8, following an incident in the town centre on September 4.

Police had been called at around 5.10pm to reports that a man had set himself on fire in London Road North.

Mr Sherwood suffered serious burns to his legs and body, and was taken by air ambulance to a specialist burns unit at Broomfield Hospital.

The inquest, which opened at IP City Centre in Ipswich, heard that a member of the public saw Mr Sherwood set fire to himself, before members of the public extinguished the flames and called emergency services.

The cause of death was heard as 75% non-survivable full thickness burns, as a result of depression and mental health concerns.

The inquest has been adjourned until the new year.

Coroner Dr Peter Dean, said: “We are currently making further enquiries into these very sad circumstances, and our thoughts are very much with the family and those close to him at this time.”

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