Drugs tragedy: Alert to others

Andy Senior

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Bank holiday revellers have been given a stark warning about the danger of drugs by a coroner.

Christopher Beverly spoke out during an inquest into the death of Andy Senior, who died in December 2011 while on a Christmas night out with three friends in Blackpool.

Sitting at the town hall, Blackpool Coroner’s Court heard 20-year-old Mr Senior, from Broughton, near Chester, collapsed in his room at the Cleveland Hotel, on Coronation Street, after consuming a mixture of cocaine and alcohol throughout the night.

Delivering a verdict of death by misadventure, Mr Beverley said: “As we face the bank holiday weekend people will be coming here to enjoy themselves and I hope there will be word on the street as to what has happened.

“We are pleased that people come to Blackpool and enjoy themselves, we welcome people to come and have a jolly good night out.

“What we do not welcome is when that oversteps the mark, and we certainly do not welcome people taking drugs – that is a problem in the town.”

The court heard Mr Senior had been punched by his friend Ryan McCleary in the minutes before his death, after an argument over cocaine.

Earl Pinnock, representing Mr Senior’s parents George and Sue, who were in court, had asked for the coroner to consider a verdict of unlawful killing.

However, Mr Beverly sided with evidence given by Home Office pathologists Dr Alison Armour and Dr Richard Lumb, who concluded the cause of death was alcohol and cocaine misuse.

Mr Senior worked at his father George’s firm A and S Transport, in Chester, and the two had hoped to begin a new business venture in 2012.

A statement read on George Senior’s behalf said: “He was a healthy lad with big ideas and a big heart, who was showing great promise.”

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