A YOUNG cricketer took his own life after living at four separate locations following his discharge from a mental health unit, an inquest heard.

Adam Conroy, 23, had told taxi driver John Ellis he was going camping as he was dropped off in a remote area of Todmorden.


But the body of the former Fearns High student, of Baker Street, Bacup, who suffered from anxiety, depression and bouts of psychosis, was later found in the nearby Horsfall Tunnel, where it had been struck by a train.

His father Peter, a retired local government officer, raised a number of concerns regarding Adam’s care after he was released from the Pendle View unit at the Royal Blackburn Hospital early this year.

Burnley Coroner’s Court was told that Adam, who had Asperger’s Syndrome, had stopped at four different locations, including a bed and breakfast and his mother Elizabeth’s home before being moved into independent living quarters in Baker Street.

Mr Conroy said: “He needed protecting and he wasn’t. Every change of circumstances should have come with with a risk assessment.”

The father told the court he was also concerned that he had not been informed regarding a previous possible suicide attempt where he was said to have taken foxglove to poison himself.

But Tony Molloy, his community mental health nurse, who was told by Adam about the episode, said this would not have led to him being sectioned under mental health legislation.

Mr Molloy told the court though that he agreed with Mr Conroy that Adam, a former Bacup CC player, should not have left Pendle View without a proper support package being in place but this appeared to be the young man’s desire.

The court heard Adam had complex needs which could change, within the same day.

Recording a suicide conclusion, East Lancashire coroner Richard Taylor said it was apparent that there had been a “period of instability” before Adam’s death, set against his declining mental health condition.

“I have heard an awful lot of evidence about the difficulties he faced in his life but it is clear that he was well-loved and intelligent,” said Mr Taylor.