Inquest opened into death of popular former Prestatyn mayor

Published date: 07 July 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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AN inquest has been opened into the death of a popular former mayor of Prestatyn who fell off a ladder at his home.

Michael Eckersley, aged 73, who also served on Denbighshire County Council, died in the intensive care unit at Glan Clwyd Hospital on June 27, nine days after the accident at his home in Llys Vyrnwy, Prestatyn.

At the brief hearing in Ruthin John Gittins, the coroner for North Wales East and Central, said he had been informed that Mr Eckersley, a retired sales manager, had fallen about 12 feet.

A post-mortem examination revealed that he had suffered a fractured spine and other skeletal injuries, and despite “significant medical intervention” his condition deteriorated.

After hearing that a decision on the cause of death had been deferred pending the results of further tests the coroner adjourned the inquest to a date in December.

Mr Eckersley, who served as Prestatyn mayor in 2010/11, was a member of Prestatyn and District Environment Association and the Friends of the Ffrith group.

While serving as a county councillor between 2008 and 2012 he sat on Denbighshire's planning and environment scrutiny committees.

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