A English county cricketer died falling from a bridge
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An English county cricketer died after falling from a bridge

A 28-year-old English county cricketer died after suffering a serious leg injury in a car crash. Tom Allin, 28, was a former Warwickshire fast bowler.

His body was found below the A39 River Bridge in Bideford, Devon, on 4 January.

Devon Cornwell Police later found three suicide notes at his home written to family and friends.

It was learnt that passing motorist, including an off-duty nurse, alerted the emergency and tried in vain to give first aid to Allin.

Allin’s parents, Tony and Beverley Allin, said their son had been suffering from various difficulties “several tough months” leading up his death, starting in early October when his brother was seriously ill.

Allin had a  surgery and was “recovering well physically” but by early December he told a nurse his mood was “up and down” and was advised to seek help.

During the investigation, police didn’t find any suspicious circumstances or any third party involvement in Allin’s death.

A post-mortem examination found that Allin died from “devastating survivable injuries”.  No drugs or alcohol were found in his body.

Dr. Elizabeth Earland, the senior coroner for Exeter and Greater Devon, said it is a case of suicide.

“On the evidence, I am in no doubt that Tom was the architect of his own demise and he clearly intended the consequences of what he did and there is no evidence of a third party involvement,” she said.

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