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Cocktail of drugs killed student, 19, found in caravan at St Margaret’s Bay Holiday Park

By Dan Wright

A 19-year-old student was found dead at a caravan park after overdosing on a lethal combination of drugs, an inquest heard.

Alexander Ruddock-West, of The Strand, Walmer, was found at the St Margaret’s Bay Holiday Park on January 6.

His body was discovered by the owner of the caravan, who had let him stay there overnight, the hearing was told last Tuesday.

The body was found at the caravan park (1705236)
The body was found at the caravan park (1705236)

In a statement read out on behalf of Joe Killick-Baker, who owned the caravan, he said Mr Ruddock-West came to see him as he had “nowhere to go”.
He said when he arrived he “couldn’t keep still and was really wobbly”.

“I could tell by how he was speaking that he was intoxicated from drugs.

“He was all over the place.

“I managed to get him back to the van.”

Mr Killick-Baker stayed up with Mr Ruddock-West, who was born in Kingston upon Thames, until about 2am or 3am.

He added: “During that time I saw him take morphine tablets but this did not alarm me as I had known Alex for a few years.

“I got up at about 8.30am to 9am. I made a coffee but couldn’t shake him to give it to him.

“I checked him and he was still breathing and warm.

“I came back at about 10.45am after getting some washing from the laundrette and saw his lips were blue.”

Mr Killick-Baker’s girlfriend, Kelsey, rang 999 while CPR was performed but Mr Ruddock-West could not be saved.

Det Sgt Ian Watkins told the hearing that drug paraphernalia, including blister packets, scales and a counterfeit money detector, were found in the caravan.

He said: “There is a lot of speculation over where the drugs came from but there is no concrete evidence.

“We have spoken to a lot of people.”

Assistant coroner Alan Blunsdon, sitting at Archbishop’s Palace Court, Maidstone, heard that Mr Ruddock-West had suffered a pulmonary embolism and multi-drug overdose.

Codeine, morphine and alprazolam were found in his system and the death was recorded as drug-related.

During the hearing, Mr Ruddock-West’s mother said that her son wasn’t Mr Killick-Baker’s friend.

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