Burgess Hill man died at Eastbourne

A man from Burgess Hill died at Eastbourne’s Beachy Head.

Eastbourne Town Hall (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-190425-155116008
Eastbourne Town Hall (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-190425-155116008

The body of Matthew Shaun Bacon was discovered at the foot of cliffs on June 13 last year.

An inquest into the 45-year-old’s death was held at Eastbourne Town Hall on Thursday (January 21).

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Mr Bacon, a divorced builder who lived in Amaryllis Road, had suffered with anxiety and depression since his marriage breakdown and was also estranged from his family.

The inquest – presided over by East Sussex coroner James Healy-Pratt – heard Mr Bacon had borrowed a car from a friend and drove to Eastbourne on the day of his death.

The vehicle was spotted by members of the Beachy Head Chaplaincy team and the alarm raised.

Mr Bacon’s body was recovered by coastguards.

The inquest heard Mr Bacon, who had previously worked as a doorman in Brighton and also as a taxi driver before his death, had been investigated by police over allegations he had been stalking an ex-partner.

Mr Healy-Pratt recorded a conclusion that Mr Bacon had taken his own life.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, the Samaritans may be able to help – the charity’s helpline number is 116 123.