A DAD-OF-ONE from Padiham who ‘pushed himself too hard’ took his own life after a battle with depression, an inquest heard.

Former St Theodore’s High pupil Adam Morris, 32, was a ‘perfectionist’ who constantly set himself goals in life, Burnley Coroner's Court was told.

Adam, who worked as a police officer in the Ribble Valley for two years, was found hanged at Padiham Cricket Club on May 30 just a day before he was due to set off on a family holiday to Majorca with his wife Leanne, sister of the late snooker player Paul Hunter, and their son Jack Paul.

His parents Jack and Jennifer Morris believed he had put recent troubles behind him when he visited their home in Huntroyd Avenue, Padiham, before the holiday.

Adam, who lived in Leeds with his family, worked as a physiotherapist and was a former England schoolboys cross country runner.

The inquest heard how Adam had first complained of problems with stress at the age of 15 but later recovered.

Shortly before his death he had told his mother those feelings had returned and he had been taking anti-depressant medication.

East Lancashire coroner Richard Taylor asked Mrs Morris whether she felt her son was ‘pushing himself further than he should'.

She replied: “I think so. I think he just burnt himself out. He was a perfectionist and a very sensitive lad.”

Recording a suicide verdict, Mr Taylor said: “He was clearly bottling a lot of things up.”