Inquest into teenage death in mental health unit

The inquest into the death of a Cornish teenager who died in a mental health unit for adults. 18 year old Ben Cowburn died in 2010 at Longreach Hospital in Redruth.

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Ben Cowburn's inquest opens in Truro

The inquest has opened into the death of Ben Cowburn in Cornwall. Ben was 18 when he was found dead at a mental health unit for adults in Cornwall, a few days before Christmas 2010.

Since his death his parents, Steve and Sharon Cowburn, have set up a charity to campaign for a unit to deal with young people who have mental health problems.

At present anyone under 18 has to treated outside Cornwall.

The inquest is being held over nine days at a former convent in Truro and is expected to hear from 27 witnesses.

Ben Cowburn's parents arriving at the inquest into their son's death. Credit: ITV News West Country

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