An Oswestry man was found dead on his birthday after spending the previous evening drinking alcohol with friends, an inquest was told.

Nicholas Paul Jones was found unresponsive in his bedroom the following morning on Saturday, August 26 - which was his 37th birthday - by his friend who tried to revive him using CPR.

The inquest into Mr Jones' death was opened at Shropshire Coroners Court on Thursday, November 16, and was told that police had concluded that there were no suspicious circumstances


The court heard that Mr Jones had been staying with some friends in Oswestry and they had spent the evening of Friday, August 25, drinking alcohol.

The next morning he was found dead in his bedroom by one of the friends who then tried to perform life-saving measures while waiting for the emergency services to arrive.

Sadly, Mr Jones was pronounced dead by a member of the ambulance crew at 8.53am.

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Police officers also attended the property in Maple Avenue and began their investigations into the 37-year-old's death. 

The inquest hearing was told that police had concluded there were no suspicious circumstances, or obvious signs of trauma to the body.

The court adjourned the inquest until Thursday, February 1, 2024.