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Familys despair at lack of help


The family of a former pupil at Toot Hill School, Bingham, who died while on a night out, face having to live with never knowing exactly how it happened.

Mr James Hemstock (23) of Campion Way, Bingham, died of head injuries in London Road, Nottingham, after he had wandered away from friends during a night out on November 10 last year.

He was thought to have collapsed as he walked along London Road and was then driven over by a Royal Mail lorry.

A verdict of accidental death was recorded by the assistant deputy coroner for Nottinghamshire, Mrs Catherine Mason, at the inquest on Friday.

The driver of the Royal Mail lorry was arrested after the incident but not charged.

Following the inquest, the family issued a statement asking why nobody had helped him before the accident.

In the statement, the family said: “Despite the verdict, the questions as to how and why have not been answered and it will be hard not having those answers.

“Not knowing why he left his friends, why he decided to take the route he took, how he came to be lying on London Road and, most crucially, how no one appears to have seen him lying in a well-lit area and offered him clearly needed assistance.

“These questions will stay with the family forever.

“The Hemstock family would like to express their sincere thanks to close friends and colleagues whose messages of help and support have been invaluable during this period.

“In particular, the messages from James’ own friends which have appeared in their hundreds on the Facebook website will be a comfort for a considerable time.”

In the statement the family said they accepted the inquest verdict and thanked the coroner and his staff for the efficient manner it was conducted.

They also thanked the police for the work they had done to try to gain a full picture of what had happened in the early hours of November 10.

They said: “For the family, however, the process of coming to terms with the loss of a son who had the world at his feet will take a great deal longer.

“James had so much to offer in so many fields and it is tragic that his burgeoning talents will not be fulfilled.”

Mr Hemstock graduated with a BSc sports science and management degree from Nottingham Trent University in 2005 and went on to obtain a master’s degree in sports science.

He started a PhD thesis two months before his death.

Before attending Toot Hill School, Mr Hemstock went to Robert Miles Junior School, Bingham and Bingham Infants’ School, which later merged with Robert Miles.

He played Sunday league football with Barnstone Colts and played for Keyworth United on Saturday.

He also played for Flintham Cricket Club.

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