Inquest to open into death of Peterborough prison chaplain

Police attend scene of a incident where a man's body was discovered at Milton Ferry in Peterborough.  EMN-150128-132943009
Police attend scene of a incident where a man's body was discovered at Milton Ferry in Peterborough. EMN-150128-132943009
0
Have your say

A chaplain who helped inmates at Peterborough prison get through their jail sentences has died.

Andrew Lanning (59), was found at Ferry Meadows Country Park on Wednesday, 28 January.

Mr Lanning from Bretton in Peterborough had worked at HMP Peterborough in the chaplaincy team for a number of years.

His role included speaking to prisoners when they arrived at the jail, to conveying news about their families while they were inside serving their sentence.

He joined after a spell working in the RAF, and had been a clergyman for more than 15 years.

A spokesman for Sodexo, the firm which runs HMP Peterborough, said: “We are very sad to learn of the death of an employee from HMP Peterborough.”

The spokesman said they could not comment any further.

Mr Lanning was also a member of the Bretton Baptist Church in the city, although no one from the church was available for comment.

An inquest into his death is set to be opened and adjourned today at a short hearing at the Peterborough Register Office.

The initial cause of death was given as hanging by the Peterborough coroner.

A Cambridgeshire police spokesman said there were no suspicious circumstances behind the death, and were not investigating.

Mr Lanning’s body was found by a park ranger at Ferry Hill, Castor, at about 9.20am on Wednesday, January 28.

Emergency services attened and an entrance to Ferry Meadows Country Park was shut for more than three hours.

The inquest will be resumed at a later date following further inquiries.

His funeral is due to be held on 16 February at Bretton Baptist Church.

Related: Man’s body found by Ferry Meadows park ranger, 28 January