Andy Banks inquest accidental death verdict

A MUSICIAN had drunk about eight pints of beer before trying to retrieve his keys from a Heckmondwike drain, an inquest heard.

Andy Banks, 49, died after falling into the drain on King Street following a night entertaining locals at a Liversedge pub on New Year’s Day.

Kirklees Coroners’ Court heard Mr Banks, Stonehyrst Avenue, Dewsbury, left The Swan pub at 11.30pm and walked to his car parked in a King Street layby.

He dropped his car keys down a drain and removed the cover in a bid to find them, but fell in and tragically drowned.

Police who arrived at the scene shortly after midnight on January 2 could see a man’s body in the drain with only the legs visible.

Fire crews spent about 40 minutes trying to release Mr Banks. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputy Acting West Yorkshire coroner Tim Ratcliffe heard the water level was just a foot below the road surface at the time of the tragedy.

Tests found traces of cannabis and high levels of alcohol. It is not known if he planned to drive home or put his belongings in the car before walking home.

Mr Ratcliffe said in recording an accidental death verdict: “This was in many ways an unusual and tragic death.”

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