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WALES: Addict's suicide on railway.

A DEPRESSED drug addict killed himself on a busy North Wales rail line.

Homeless Alan Christopher Smith lay down in front of the Holyhead to Crewe train on June 23 last year as it approached Rhyl station.

An inquest into his death, held in Prestatyn yesterday, heard Mr Smith, who once lived in a tent, was drug-dependent and on medication for depression.

Mr Smith, 38, left Rhyl High School at the age of 16 and went on to work at the town's fun fair.

North Wales Central coroner John Hughes said: "He was in and out of prison. The basic reason was his drug habit."

He went to live with his parents in Rhyl, but stole from them to feed his habit.

After his father's death and his mother's admittance to a nursing home, Alan and his brother Andrew lived in the family house but they were evicted. Mr Hughes recorded a verdict of suicide.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
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Date:Jan 26, 2006
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