Tragic couple hugged one another as they jumped in front of a train

Tragic couple who wanted to be ‘together forever’ hugged one another as they jumped in front of a train, inquest hears

  • Melissa Wood, 27, and Christopher Linley, 34, battled with heroin addiction
  • In the months prior to their deaths they lost their jobs and were made homeless 
  • The court heard emotional statements from both victim’s mothers 

Melissa Wood, 27, and her partner Christopher Linley, 34, took their own lives at Doncaster railway station

A couple who claimed they wanted to be ‘together forever’ hugged as they jumped in front of a train, an inquest heard today.

Melissa Wood, 27, and her partner Christopher Linley, 34, took their own lives after both battling with heroin addictions, losing their jobs and being evicted from their home.    

CCTV footage from Doncaster railway station in South Yorkshire showed the tragic pair holding hands and embracing in the moments before their deaths.

Days after the event apologetic notes from Christopher and Melissa address to their families were discovered at their home in Doncaster.

In the letters the couple told their relatives that they wanted to be ‘together forever’, before taking their own lives.

Melissa and Christopher both struggled with heroin addiction and reports found evidence of the class A drug as well as cocaine in their systems.

Housemates of the couple told police they had been on a ‘huge bender’ lasting three weeks prior to their deaths.

Coroner Nicola Mundy recorded a verdict of suicide at Doncaster Coroners Court in relation to the incident, which occurred on March 27 this year. 


Melissa and Christopher both struggled with heroin addiction and reports found evidence of the class A drug as well as cocaine in their systems

CCTV footage from Doncaster railway station in South Yorkshire showed the tragic pair holding hands and embracing in the moments before their deaths

Coroner Nicola Mundy recorded a verdict of suicide at Doncaster Coroners Court in relation to the incident, which occurred on March 27 this year.

She said: ‘They made the decision that they wanted to be together and they wanted to remain together.


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‘They appeared to be happy and comfortable in each other’s company.’

The court heard emotional statements from both victim’s mothers.

Melissa’s mum Lisa Wood said: ‘I never suspected Melissa would commit suicide, she was always happy, bubbly and never stopped laughing.

In the letters the couple told their relatives that they wanted to be ‘together forever’, before taking their own lives

Frances Glynn, Christopher’s mum, said: ‘I’m shocked by what’s happened.

‘All I had ever hoped was that he would make a success of himself, he had so much potential.

‘He was a lovable rogue.

‘I’m comforted by the fact Christopher and Melissa died together and had each other.’

Christopher and Melissa met while working at British Gas a couple of years ago but found themselves jobless in the months prior to their deaths.

Last year they were evicted from their rented flat and ended up in a room in a shared house.

Clinical psychologist Dr Abhi Salvaji, who dealt with Christopher and Melissa, said they both tried hard to beat their addictions.

She said: ‘It seemed like a positive relationship’ and that ‘they appeared to be happy’.

However, she predicted that in the weeks leading to their deaths they had been taking heroin on a daily basis.

For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, see www.samaritans.org for details. 

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