Died after banging head in a fall

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SPALDING man Derek Neave died in hospital from pneumonia and a brain injury after banging his head in a fall in the street near his home.

Mr Neave (66), of West Elloe Avenue, was conscious when paramedics attended shortly after 8.15pm on Friday, January 14.

But he lost consciousness in hospital the next day and never came round.

He died on March 7.

Coroner Maureen Taylor recorded a verdict of accidental death at an inquest on Friday, saying it was clear his death had resulted from his fall.

Paramedic team leader Blanche Lentz said Mr Neave was sitting on a low wall when she first saw him and there was already someone from there from LIVES.

She said Mr Neave told her he was on his way home from the pub at the time.

Mrs Lentz said: “He told me he was okay and he didn’t want any help.”

Ambulance staff took him to his home nearby but he was “staggering” around.

It was not clear whether that was due to the injury or drink.

Mrs Lentz said Mr Neave had a swelling to the back of his head.

Mr Neave’s brother, John, said he saw him the next morning and by that time he was unconscious.

He said his brother had been troubled thinking he had bowel cancer, but Miss Taylor said the disease had not been reported at the post mortem and it would have done had it been present.