West Yorkshire police officer found dead in school grounds - inquest

Wood Street police station.
Wood Street police station.
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A West Yorkshire police officer was found hanged in the grounds of a Wakefield school just hours after he was arrested in connection with what is understood to be an image found on a computer.

An inquest opening at Wakefield heard 33-year-old PC Kevin Ellis, of Whitwood, Castleford, was arrested on Wednesday April 17 and later bailed.

PC Ellis was being driven to his parents’ house by another police officer when he asked to be dropped off nearby, saying he wanted to walk the rest of the way.

The inquest opening heard that police discovered PC Ellis had not arrived at his parents’ home during a welfare check at around 9.30pm that night.

PC Ellis was discovered hanging in the grounds of Rodillian Academy at Longthorpe Lane, Lofthouse, the following day.

Paramedics attended and confirmed his death just before 1pm on Thursday April 18.

Coroner David Hinchliff told the hearing: “He was arrested on April 17 and was released on bail. He was being transported by a police officer to his parents’ address.

“As they approached the address he asked if he could be dropped off to walk the remaining part of the journey. At approximately 9.30pm an officer called at his parents’ address to conduct a welfare check. It transpired Mr Ellis had never arrived at the address.”

Mr Hinchliff issued a burial order and interim death certificate. He adjourned the inquest pending the outcome of further inquiries. PC Ellis was based at Wood Street police station, in Wakefield, and was believed to have been a father-of-two.

The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

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