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Barrister found dead at Leeds city centre hotel: Inquest opens

Wakefield Coroner's Court
Wakefield Coroner's Court
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A BARRISTER was found  dead in a room at a Leeds city centre hotel, a inquest opening heard.

Steven Crossley, 49, was found hanging in a room at 42 The Calls hotel earlier this month , an inquest opening at Wakefield Coroner's Court was told.

The inquest opening heard police attended after receiving a call from a member of staff at the hotel just after 11am on July 9.

Paramedics were called and Mr Crossley, of Franklin Road, Harrogate, was pronounced dead just after 11.30am that day.

a post mortem report by Dr Lisa Barker gave the preliminary cause of death as hanging.

Area coroner Jonathan Leach adjourned the inquest to a date to be fixed.

A statement on the website of Exchange Chambers, which has offices at Oxford House on Oxford Row, Leeds reads: "It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of Steven, a popular and widely respected member of chambers.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with his wife and family. We will do all we can to support them at this dreadful time."