Worker's sluice gate suicide leap: Inquest

AN ENVIRONMENT Agency boss found one of his employees dead at the base of a sluice gate tower after a suicide leap, an inquest heard.

River maintenance worker Peter Jackson (48), of St Peters Road, Wiggenhall St Peter, was battling ill health and had been prescribed anti-depressants in the months leading up to his death, the hearing at Lynn County Court on Monday was told.

On December 14 last year, Charles Rutterford, Mr Jackson's boss at Lynn Environment Agency, went looking for him after another colleague could not make contact. He was found with multiple injuries at the base of Tower One of the Tail Sluice, off Saddlebow Road, Lynn, near to where he had been completing a paint job.

Greater Norfolk Coroner William Armstrong recorded a verdict of suicide. He said: "There is only one explanation and it has to be that Peter had jumped from this tower with the intention of bringing his life to an end."