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Gravesend man David Redhead left apology for neighbour before killing himself in shed blaze in Cruden Road

13 March 2014
by Chris Hunter

A man left a note apologising to his neighbour before burning to death in his shed, an inquest heard.

David Joseph Redhead was discovered by firefighters called to a blaze in Cruden Road, Gravesend.

Neighbours reported hearing a loud bang and saw smoke rising from Mr Redhead's shed.

Thick smoke billows from the shed in Cruden Road. Picture Luka Hanmore

Thick smoke billows from the shed in Cruden Road. Picture: Luka Hanmore

Firefighters found three sheds alight at just after 10am on Tuesday, December 3.

The blaze had spread into a neighbouring garden and a plume of thick black smoke could be seen from far and wide.

Mr Redhead, 60, was severely burned and had to be identified by his dental records.

Forensic investigations revealed traces of petrol and the remnants of a plastic fuel container in the remains of the shed.

Inside the house, police found a note apologising to his neighbour together with £220, Mr Redhead's passport and the house keys.

A fierce fire erupted in the Cruden Road shed. Picture Maxine Springett

A fierce fire erupted in the Cruden Road shed. Picture: Maxine Springett

Sgt Andrew Lambert, from Kent Police, said the retired human resources manager had lived alone and had no relatives in Kent.

Mr Redhead, from Blackburn, had recently told neighbours he was concerned he was experiencing the same symptoms as his father, who had suffered from depression.

In mid November, he told neighbours his doctor had prescribed him antidepressants - but after reading about the medication, decided not to take it.

Coroner Roger Hatch recorded that Mr Redhead took his own life.

For confidential help 24 hours a day, phone the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.

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