Busker found hanged in woods

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A WELL-known South Devon busker hanged him­self in wood­land near Totnes, an in­quest has heard.

David Bridge, who was 23 and lived in Lyming­ton Road, Torquay, hanged him­self from a tree at Bow­den Pil­lars on May 15. He was sin­gle, and a labourer and mu­si­cian.

The in­quest in Torquay heard he had been miss­ing for some time be­fore his body was found by farm worker An­drew Moore. In a state­ment, Mr Moore said he had been work­ing when he saw a ‘shadow in the trees’ which turned out to be a per­son hang­ing.

Mr Bridge had been a cannabis user in the past, the hear­ing was told, and suf­fered from de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety. He had pre­vi­ously taken an over­dose.

A re­port from his doc­tor said he was not sui­ci­dal, but had “wished he was dead”.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Kather­ine Joyner of Torquay CID said Mr Bridge had his pass­port in a rucksack, along with a num­ber of notes. His land­lord had found a num­ber of notes in his flat ex­plain­ing what he wanted done with his prop­erty.

Tor­bay and South Devon Coro­ner Ian Ar­row said he was sat­is­fied Mr Bridge had taken his own life.

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