Rural threat pushes gamekeeper to suicide

05 March 1998

Rural threat pushes gamekeeper to suicide

GAMEKEEPER Donald Sedgwick, 63, committed suicide because he feared a
foxhunting ban would destroy his traditional rural life and rob him of his livelihood, a coroners court was told.

Mr Sedgwick killed himself on November 6 last year by taking a mixture of pain killers and alcohol, coroner Christopher Starling, heard, sitting at Dereham.

He was head gamekeeper on the Melton Constable estate, near Fakenham.

  • The Rural Development Commission said lack of social activities, affordable homes and poor public transport made rural life a misery for the young. It called for a higher priority to meet their need and so prevent them from migrating to towns and cities.

    • The Daily Telegraph 05/03/98 page 11

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