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Inquest into death of top police officer continues

Prior to his death, allegations were made against Mr Ainsworth regarding his conduct towards female members of staff Photo:

An inquest into the death of former Deputy Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police today heard from Detective Superintendent Alexander Drummond from Gloucestershire Police.

He revealed that both David Ainsworth's police issue phone and his personal mobile were seized following his death. Det Sup Drummond said the messages on the phones accurately reflected what other witness had said in the inquest.

Jo Howes, Mr Ainsworth's partner, yesterday told the inquest he had admitted having thoughts of self harm less than a month before he was found hanged on March 22 last year. Ms Howes said he thought his employer was "gunning for him".

Prior to his death, allegations were made against Mr Ainsworth regarding his conduct towards female members of staff.

Det Supt Drummond also revealed today that Mr Ainsworth's computers had been seized. He said experts found nothing relevant to the inquest but there was evidence of research into suicide.

It was revealed Mr Ainsworth began visiting sites about suicide the day after he first met with his legal team to discuss the misconduct case against him.

Det Supt Drummond said "In terms of the research done on the internet, it was research, as opposed to engaging in any form of chatroom or communication between those carrying out similar research,"

The coroner will record his verdict tomorrow (Wednesday 13th).

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