Home   Sheerness   News   Article

HMP Standford Hill prison officer Andrew Hill found hanged after arrest on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children

A prison officer found hanged in his bathroom by his son was arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children days before he died.

Andrew Hill, who worked at HMP Standford Hill, was found dead on January 16, at his home in Range Road, Eastchurch.

The 46-year-old's son had grown worried after not being able to contact him for several hours.

Andrew Hill, front, pictured at Range Rovers football club fun day at Eastchurch Working Men's Club in 2004. Picture: Mike Smith
Andrew Hill, front, pictured at Range Rovers football club fun day at Eastchurch Working Men's Club in 2004. Picture: Mike Smith

After having problems with his key, he broke down the door and discovered suicide letters addressed to family members on the dining room table before finding his father upstairs.

Giving evidence, DS Kris Eberlein told an inquest, at Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone, that he believed Mr Hill’s family had cause to be concerned for his welfare.

"In my judgement there is no doubt about his intentions in suspending himself" - Coronor Patricia Harding

He said Mr Hill, an ambulance service volunteer, appeared to have written his own “do not resuscitate” form, and signed it where a medical practitioner was required to. It was found along with family contact details, and dated two days before he died.

There were also letters expressing his intention to take his own life.

Days earlier Mr Hill was arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children.

The father-of-three founded Range Rovers FC, home to a number of youth teams, in 1997, and was a secretary there.

A post mortem revealed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. A toxicology report found that he had also taken what was likely to have been a fatal dose of painkillers, but the cause of death was recorded as suspension.

Coroner for mid Kent and Medway, Patricia Harding, said: “In my judgement there is no doubt about his intentions in suspending himself.”

She recorded a verdict of suicide.

Range Rovers declined to comment, referring questions to the Football Association.

Standford Hill Prison, Eastchurch
Standford Hill Prison, Eastchurch

An FA spokesman said: “Mr Hill had been criminal records checked.

"As with all cases of this nature, The FA liaised closely with partners at Kent FA to ensure that its welfare officer worked closely with the club’s welfare officerto support the club and ensure concerns raised by parents would be shared with the relevant people at the Police and within The FA and Kent County FA.”

Kent police confirmed Mr Hill was arrested on January 13 and said "investigations are ongoing into the original matter".

If something is troubling you, call the Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90.


Stories you might have missed

Firefighters release 'police boy' from handcuffs

'Katy Perry' left out of pocked after Aldi payment fiasco

Majority of Kent voters want grammar ban to be lifted

Kent in store for another scorcher


Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More