Inquest into death of teen who fell from Tricorn House

AN inquest was held yesterday into the death of teenager North Vernon-White, 15, who died after falling from Tricorn House in Stroud last summer

Archway School student North was sadly pronounced dead at the scene at 6.30pm on Friday, June 18, around 30 minutes after the emergency services arrived.

Assistant Gloucestershire Coroner Roland Wooderson recorded a Narrative Conclusion, setting out the facts of what happened but not stipulating whether he believed the death to have been intentional or a tragic accident.

He ruled out any third party involvement and the inquest was told that no alcohol or drugs were found in his body.

Earlier, Mr Wooderson read out details of a case summary sent to him by the police which stated that on June 18 at 5.51pm the ambulance service was called to the derelict four storey building.

The coroner said he had received an email from North’s family in which they said he and his friends often went to the building on the Cainscross roundabout and there had been videos of him and his friends on the roof.

After North’s death a petition was launched calling for Tricorn House to be demolished or redeveloped to prevent similar tragedies.

In December, the SNJ reported that the owner of the long standing eyesore had agreed to put it up for sale on the open market.

That news followed a meeting between Stroud MP Siobhan Baillie MP, present owner John Wellfair and Stroud District Council chief executive Kathy O’Leary.

Paying tribute last year, North’s father said: “North loved people. He loved life, he was a character. He was 100 per cent all the time.

“He was the life and soul of everything. Everyone loved him.”

Dozens of other tributes were left to the teenager including flowers card and candles.

“I love you bro and we all love and miss you. I just hope you’re resting easy,” read one anonymous letter.

“Rest in peace. You were a very close friend to my son. Far too young and will be sadly missed,” read another.

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