#parents | #teensvaping | Last text of footballer who jumped in front of train over drug and gambling debt

A promising teen footballer took his own life over his drug addiction and gambling debts, an inquest has heard.

Bradley Whittle, 19, from Wigan, Greater Manchester, played for Charnock Richard Football Club, who play in the North West Counties Football League Premier Division.

The teen – who became overwhelmed by his cocaine addiction and gambling habits – left a haunting voicemail to his mum and dad saying: “See you on the other side,” before stepping into the path of a 100mph west coast mainline Virgin train near Wigan North train station.

He suffered multiple fatal injuries in the impact and died at the scene on May 15, last year.

The hearing in Bolton heard Bradley had referred himself to the charity Addaction and was also prescribed antidepressants.

Bradley pictured with ex-Man Utd star Anderson

But the youngster who worked as a business administration assistant became suicidal over his gambling debts and took an overdose in the months before his death.

His parents wanted him to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital, but staff discharged him after a 15-minute assessment in a cubicle at A&E and advised him to get support at home.

Mum Dianne told the hearing: “Bradley had a normal and very happy childhood. He was a talented footballer, he excelled at school, had a good social life and a good circle of friends.

“But at the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018, my husband and I became aware that Bradley was suffering with personal and financial issues as a result of substance abuse and gambling.

An inquest heard the teen attempted suicide after the breakdown of a relationship

“He started a relationship that broke down in early 2019, and as a consequence of that breakdown, he started going to a mental health support group.”

She went on: “He tried to reassure the clinicians he had no concerns and that he was doing quite well and he was fine but soon afterwards in March 2019, Bradley started to talk about ending his own life and as a consequence of that, the family requested that he seek his GP’s help.”

Dianne said Bradley was put on the antidepressant Sertraline, but in March he left a suicide note and was taken to hospital.

“He was still misusing drugs because of a workplace incident where he was suspended.

Mum Dianne told the inquest he had a happy and normal childhood

“On May 15 we became aware he left a voicemail which said how sorry he was and said he would see us on the other side.

“We received a phone call from the police that very sadly Bradley was found deceased.”

Michael Brady, a drugs rehabilitation recovery coordinator, said on one night out with a friend in Liverpool, Bradley had used 7g of ketamine and cocaine.

He said: “Ketamine wasn’t a drug he normally used, he said he started using it as his parents were testing him for cocaine, so they wouldn’t be able to tell he was using ketamine.”

He told clinicians he was fine despite trying to take his own life

Recording a conclusion of suicide, Coroner Rachel Syed said: “Following a breakdown of a relationship he suffered with mental health problems.

“He would often tell his treating clinicians that he was fine and shortly afterwards he would show that he was not fine.

“It’s clear that the medication did not help. Then he left a suicide note and the police were summoned, he was located in woods and taken to hospital.”

She summed up: “I hope you can start to focus on all the wonderful memories of him.”

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