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Firefighter found hanged after being interviewed by police
12:43pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in Echo News
A FIREFIGHTER found hanged in his home had just returned from an interview with police, it was revealed today.
Martin Sibley, 48, of Keymer Way, Colchester, and who started his career in Thurrock, was speaking to police after allegations were made of historic and institutional sex abuse within the county's fire service.
Earlier today Essex Coroner Caroline Beasley-Murray, during the inquest into his death, revealed Mr Sibley had been speaking to officers at Colchester police station.
During a break he returned home and was later found hanged.
A post mortem revealed the cause of death as suspension.
Mrs Beasley-Murray recorded an open verdict stating she was not sure enough to give a verdict of suicide.
She also expressed her sympathy to his family including his mother, sister and two daughters.
She said: "I have a letter from his mother for background. She says he panicked and did this.
"No note was found."
The investigation into initiations at the fire service, which may have included sexual assaults, continues.
In a joint statement Essex County Fire and Rescue Service and Essex Police said: "The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate is conducting a criminal investigation into historic allegations of serious criminal offences within the fire service.
“A number of people have been spoken to by police but at this time no one has been arrested.
"Detectives are continuing to investigate and enquiries are on-going.
“Essex Police had made an appointment to speak to Mr Sibley on June 17, 2013, however his sudden death occurred before this had been completed."