Inquest opened into death of Kirkby man after five deaths at Nottinghamshire prison in one month

Shane Stroughton
Shane Stroughton

An inquest has opened into the death of a Kirkby man who died at HMP Nottingham - following five deaths in the space of a month.

Prisoner Shane Stroughton, 29, from Kirkby, died at the category B prisonon September 13.

Anthony Solomon, 38 also died at the category B prison, and Andrew Brown, 42, who had been living in a cave before he was jailed, died in hospital after being found hanging.

All of the inquests were opened and adjourned in Nottingham by assistant coroner Ivan Cartwright.

No cause of death was given for any of the men, and final post-mortem examinations still need to be carried out.

Mr Cartwright said: "Mr Stroughton was a serving prisoner and was in a single cell on D wing.

"He was found at approximately 5pm on September 13 by a prison officer on his usual routine rounds.

"The circumstances within the cell are consistent with the use of a ligature."

Paramedics and others administered CPR, but Mr Stroughton was pronounced dead at the scene in his cell.

The second inquest opened was for Mr Brown, who lived in a cave in Baslow, Derbyshire.

He died on September 17 at the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham, five days after he was found hanging in his single cell on D wing at the prison.

Mr Brown had an hypoxic brain injury, which is caused by lack of oxygen.

The third inquest opened was for Mr Solomon, from Bulwell, Nottingham, who died on September 27.

The inquest heard that Mr Solomon was in a shared cell on B wing.

Mr Cartwright said: "The alarm was raised by his cell mate, a fellow prisoner, that he had found Mr Solomon lying on the floor of the cell unresponsive."

Mr Solomon had been a remand prisoner since May 23 2017. He was identified by a prison officer who knew him.

HMP Nottingham prisoner Marc Maltby, 22, died in custody on October 12.

The coroner has also been informed of the death of Carl Armstrong, who died on October 6. His inquest is due to be opened on October 26.