Mother found dead near Norwich church had taken a drugs overdose

Fiona Glen's daughters paid tribute to her in a moving Facebook post.

Fiona Glen's daughters paid tribute to her in a moving Facebook post. - Credit: Archant

A homeless mother who was found dead beside a Norwich church had taken a drugs overdose, an inquest heard.

Fiona Glen with her two daughters, Lavinia (left) and Lydia-Jade (right).

Fiona Glen with her two daughters, Lavinia (left) and Lydia-Jade (right). - Credit: Archant

Fiona Glen, 46, led a chaotic lifestyle and was found unresponsive in the graveyard of St Saviour's Church in Magdalen Street last year.

Police and paramedics tried to save her but she was pronounced dead at the scene on October 10 last year.

A post-mortem examination gave the medical cause of death as heroin and cocaine toxicity.

Norfolk's assistant coroner David Osborne said: 'Ms Glen had been known to Norfolk Recovery Partnership and other services, but she repeatedly declined their interventions.

A vigil for ' Fiona ' taking place at the spot where she was found dead, close to St Saviours, Norwi

A vigil for ' Fiona ' taking place at the spot where she was found dead, close to St Saviours, Norwich. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

'She was assessed as having mental capacity, therefore I'm satisfied that her treatment could not have been forced upon her.'


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He concluded that her death was drug related, and there was no sign of third party involvement.

'I'm satisfied there's little more any of the services could have done to assist Ms Glen,' he added.

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Ms Glen was born in Chesterfield and while none of her family were at yesterday's inquest hearing, her two daughters Lavinia Fairhurst, 29, and Lydia-Jade Roberts, 24, paid tribute to their 'loving and beautiful' mother earlier this year.

They said that she had moved to Norwich more than five years ago as her father lived in the city, and they had not seen her for a number of years after growing apart due to a 'difficult relationship'.

'While it's true a lot of people who find themselves homeless have substance misuse problems or mental health problems, that doesn't mean they are not deserving of help or services, and yet many find these doors shut on them,' said Ms Glen's daughters, in a family statement.

Ms Fairhurst now works a mental health nurse and Ms Roberts, who lives in Bradford, hopes to become a social worker.

They want to use their careers to help people who suffer from similar problems to their mother's.

Yesterday's inquest heard that Ms Glen was a regular heroin user, had spent time in prison and suffered from drug-induced psychosis.

Ms Glen saw a GP at City Reach, a service based in Westwick Street that provides healthcare services for people who find it difficult to visit mainstream GP.

Records showed she had a history of depression, a personality disorder, had deliberately overdosed before, displayed erratic behaviour and could not maintain a tenancy and she had used cocaine, heroin and alcohol.

A vigil was held to remember Ms Glen last year, with The People's Picnic, which supports homeless people, helping to organise it.

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