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Cadbury worker suicide after Kraft takeover.

A CADBURY worker of more than 30 years took his own life after fears that he would get the sack after the takeover by American giant Kraft.

Michael Davies, from Oswestry, Shropshire, was found hanged on Valentine's Day this year in woodland. An inquest heard he left letters revealing that he had money worries and feared losing his job at the chocolate maker's Chirk plant.

A statement by his sister Susan Thomas, read out at Shrewsbury Magistrates Court, described her brother as a quiet and private man. Mrs Thomas said her brother was well-respected by colleagues who described him as "being part of the Cadbury's family". "After the take-over, Michael was wor-r ried about the possibility of losing his job because he had worked there for 32 years," she added.

Mrs Thomas said she also discovered her brother had been borrowing money from friends, which she described as unusual. She said: "I don't know why he would take his own life other than possibly money worries or loneliness."

A verdict of suicide was recorded.

Cadbury said its Chirk plant had been unaffected by the takeover. A spokesman, said: "Our thoughts are with Michael's family at this very sad time."
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:May 30, 2010
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