A 44-YEAR-old man who was found hanging from a rope attached to a drainpipe by the bathroom window of his home in Eastby had left a suicide note running to several pages, an inquest in Skipton was told.

Steve Adamson, of Barden Road, had phoned his former wife and his daughter the evening before in a "very distressed state," assistant coroner for Yorkshire North-West Jonathan Heath was told.

Mr Adamson was seen hanging by a neighbour, who immediately alerted police, at around 9.30am on May 18 this year.

Sgt Mark Hill, who was duty sergeant at Skipton police station that morning, told the inquest that what appeared to be a suicide note several pages long saying Mr Adamson intended to kill himself was found on a chair by the door in the living room. There were no signs of forced entry to the house or any marks on his body inconsistent with him taking his own life, Sgt Hill added.

An autopsy toxicology report said there were traces of codeine and paracetamol in his body, but they were consistent with normal therapeutic usage, Mr Heath said.

Giving a verdict of suicide, Mr Heath said that it was clear Mr Adamson had intended to take his own life.