A Bidedord ambulance worker killed himself after receiving a work complaint that he attacked a colleague with a pillow.

An inquest heard that he was also being tormented by malicious calls claiming he had a drug habit.

Acting operations manager Colin Bolsom took his own life after a night out with friends after he downed alcohol and some cocaine.

The coroner heard the 42-year-old dad had been ‘in a good place’ because he was looking forward to the future with a substantive role within the South Western Ambulance Service and a Caribbean holiday with his partner Sue and their young child.

But he told work colleague Jason Parnell on the night out in November 2017 that a complaint had been made against him by another member of staff – the third time a complaint had been levelled against him.

The inquest at South Molton Town Hall on Thursday was told that the previous two complaints had not been substantiated but Colin was ‘frustrated’ that another one had come up again.

Colin said he had not done anything wrong and he hoped a thorough investigation would clear him - but that the ambulance service had not given him any help or support since the complaint was made, said Mr Parnell.

The coroner was told that after the pub crawl, Colin went back to a house with friends he had been out with until 5am or 6am when he finally left.

But at the house his mood changed and the inquest heard he kept repeating: “I have got to sort this out myself. It needs to be sorted.”

He was found dead by a dog walker in a child’s play park in Old Town, Bideford, on November 18 last year.

Toxicology revealed he had cocaine and cannabis in his system - and his alcohol level was twice the drink drive limit.

The senior Exeter and Greater Devon coroner Philip Spinney recorded a conclusion that Colin ‘took his own life by self suspension’.

He said it was unclear why he did so but that he was ‘much loved and greatly missed by all those who knew him’.

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