A man with a gambling habit hanged himself leaving a note saying he was broke and felt he had no future, an inquest heard yesterday.
Norfolk Coroner William Armstrong said lessons could be learned from the tragic suicide of Alan Tidy if, as a result, other people with gambling and debt problems sought the help available to them.
The inquest heard Mr Tidy, 68, of Tawny Sedge, Gaywood, was independent. Although willing to help others, he never let friends know if something was wrong and he needed help.
His friend, Peter Pearman, said he went to look for Mr Tidy on September 8 because he had not been heard from and was not answering his mobile phone. He went to Mr Tidy’s usual betting shop and then to his home, where he lived alone. He knocked on the doors but received no answer. Everything inside seemed to be in order but on looking through the bedroom window he saw Mr Tidy hanging.
Mr Armstrong read part of a note left by Mr Tidy saying: “I’m sorry if I have let you down. I can’t go on any more. I’m broke. There is no future any more. God bless you all.”
He said it appeared from the evidence that Mr Tidy was gambling regularly, lost money, got into financial difficulties and was suffering from anxiety.