North East Wales

Suicide verdict on Pontycysyllte Aqueduct death

A coroner spoke of his "pain" in recording a verdict of suicide on a 19-year-old woman who fell to her death from an aqueduct near Llangollen.

Amy Wright, of Rhos, Wrexham, fell 120ft (37m) from Pontcysyllte Aqueduct after her boyfriend wanted to end their relationship, an inquest heard.

The hearing was told how Ms Wright had recently got a job as a care assistant.

"It causes me pain to record a verdict of suicide on one so young," said the coroner at the inquest in Flint.

On 3 September last year, after her boyfriend of six months told her he wanted some space and to just be friends, she drove to the aqueduct.

She left her phone and keys on the footpath, climbed over the railings and fell, the inquest was told.

A text message Ms Wright had written on her phone read: "If I can't have you I don't want to be here. Thanks for the best six months of my life."

The assistant deputy coroner for north east Wales, Kirit Champaneria, said: "In the summer of last year she had finished her studies and found full-time employment as a care worker.

"She had also entered into a relationship which she clearly thought the world of, and from her point of view was extremely happy."

Along with her twin sister Carys, she was a member of the local Army Cadet Force, where she was a sergeant.

The aqueduct, designed by Thomas Telford, is listed as a World Heritage Site and carries the Llangollen canal above the River Dee.