M1 suicide victim had ‘severe social phobia’

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A FOOTBALL fan who died after jumping on to the M1 from a bridge had battled social anxiety for more than 20 years, an inquest heard.

Martin Fisher was a big Spurs fan and had played for Markyate West End until his problems worsened, Herts Coroners Court heard on Thursday.

He threw himself from the Flamsteadbury Lane bridge over the motorway on Wednesday, April 6, this year and was killed instantly after being hit by a lorry, the court heard.

The 39-year-old had been a keen snooker player who was greatly loved by his family, said Herts coroner Edward Thomas.

Mr Thomas added: “He had very close relations with his family and he felt very safe with them – but not safe outside.

“Part of the treatment was to try to make him feel safe and not shy when someone comes to talk to him from outside of that environment.”

Read the full story in tomorrow’s edition of the Hemel Hempstead Gazette.