Death of man discovered in Great Yarmouth alleyway was drug-related, inquest concludes

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A man whose body was discovered in an alleyway by his father died a drug-related death, an inquest heard.

Jamie Gardner, 36, was found dead in a passage off Albion Road in Great Yarmouth by father Brian on the morning of February 4.

He had been to visit a friend the day before and had told his father he would be home by 3pm the day before.

An inquest held in Great Yarmouth heard how Mr Gardner was a frequent substance abuser, regularly using such drugs as heroin, crack cocaine and diazepam.

While he had been seeking help for his addictions, evidence read out on behalf of a Norfolk Recovery Partnership nurse stated that he regularly missed clinic appointments in the last two years of his life.

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Giving evidence in person, PC Hudson of Gorleston police said rigor mortis had set in by the time his body was found at around 10.20am.

Yvonne Blake, area coroner, recorded a verdict of drug-related death.

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