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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Stalwart Barrow Raiders fan killed himself

A STALWART Barrow Raiders supporter was found in his car after he killed himself, an inquest heard.

Mark Leech, 45, was found in the driver’s seat of the car at allotments near Schneider Road, Barrow, in December.

For years Mr Leech, who had three children and three step-children, volunteered to oversee Barrow Raiders’ website under the name of Ferret.

As well as working as Raiders’ electronic media and information manager, he had been a lifelong supporter of the team and played amateur rugby as a fullback in his youth.

Raiders held a minute’s silence before a match in January to remember Mr Leech.

At an inquest in Barrow Town Hall yesterday, Detective Sergeant Paul Yates described being called to the scene of his death about 3.40pm on December 7.

The car was parked in an area known locally as “the piggeries”, where Mr Leech kept an allotment.

DS Yates said an inspection of the scene showed no-one else had been involved in the death.

He said: “Colleagues have spoken to members of the family. There had been domestic disputes over a period of time within the family.”

Coroner for South and East Cumbria, Mr Ian Smith, said a post-mortem found no alcohol or drugs in Mr Leech’s bloodstream.

However, the carbon monoxide level in his blood had been nearly 90 per cent.

He said: “There was no alcohol in his blood stream and no drugs, there was nothing to wipe out his normal thought process, so I come to the conclusion beyond reasonable doubt that Mark Leech killed himself.”

Last month his stepson David Gent, 18, came third in a memorial demolition derby in Warton, near Carnforth, in a car Mr Leech helped him prepare for the race.

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