Body of man on beach named

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A man whose body was washed up on the beach at Starr Gate in Blackpool has been named.

Blackpool’s deputy coroner Christopher Beverley identified the body discovered at New South Promenade in South Shore, as Paul Miller.

The 44-year-old was found by the Coastguard close to Blackpool Light Craft Club shortly before 10.55am on Monday.

An inquest heard the police launched a search for Mr Miller, after he left his home in Dunelt Dive, Blackpool threatening to take his own life.

Police carried out a high risk search after Mr Miller’s partner Gayle Belveridge called them over concerns for his safety.

The inquest heard a short time later the police received a call from the Coastguard after a body had been discovered in the shoreline at the junction with Squires Gate Lane.

Mr Beverley told the hearing Mr Miller’s body was taken from the water and CPR was administered.

However, despite the Coastguard’s best efforts he was pronounced dead at the lifeboat station at Squires Gate at 11.20am.

The inquest heard Mr Miller was then taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where he was identified by his father.

A police investigation established there was no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

A post mortem examination has been carried out by consultant pathologist Dr Samir Shaktawat.

The cause of death was withheld from the hearing so further tocicology tests could be carried out.

Mr Beverley adjourned the inquest until late July, to give time to notify witnesses.

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