A shopaholic who fell to his death from the top of the multi-storey car park above Huddersfield bus station had returned to the same spot of a failed suicide bid more than 18 years earlier.

Paul Crossland, 54, of Headlands Road, Liversedge, was a voluntary in-patient at Calderdale Royal Hospital’s mental health unit, Ashdale Ward, when the tragedy happened - and it emerged during the hearing that his brother had also killed himself.

On the morning of his death - Saturday, February 18 - he told staff he was popping out to buy a newspaper.

But an inquest at Bradford Coroner’s Court heard today (Thurs) that staff’s suspicions were aroused when he was seen getting into a taxi which they found “odd”.

Unfortunately they only had an old mobile phone number for him and after calling the taxi firm they found he was heading to Huddersfield bus station – the same place he had jumped from in 1998.

Huddersfield Bus Station, Upperhead Row, Huddersfield.

Amazingly, on that occasion he survived, albeit with life-changing injuries, mainly to his lower body area.

The court heard that Mr Crossland had suffered from severe depression for many years and had run up debts of approaching £10,000.

His sister Mrs Beverley Robinson, a teaching assistant, described him in a statement as “a shopaholiic”.

She said: “He would buy very expensive things he couldn’t afford. He couldn’t cope with the stress of it and got very anxious about it.”

He also had to cope with the shock of his brother taking his own life. His depression was so severe that he had received electroconvulsive therapy at the unit which briefly improved his mood.

An eyewitness bus driver Jordan Colbeck was alone in the bus station area at 11.10am driving his 372 Lindley and Almondbury bus when he “heard a loud thud” and saw a man land near the Stand G area.

“Then I saw a driver from Yorkshire Tiger run towards the male and realised he must have fallen,” he said. “I was very shaken up by the incident.”

Another bus driver, Benjamin Walker, an X63 Huddersfield/Bradford driver, said: “I looked up and saw an object falling to the ground. I got out of my bus. I froze and didn’t know what to do. I was in complete shock. It took a few minutes for it to sink in.”

Police were called and CCTV footage revealed Mr Crossland was alone by the ledge in the car park before he fell. There were no suspicious circumstances

South West Yorkshire Hospital Trust carried out a serious incident investigation which found the ward’s practices were appropriate and that staff followed the practice and policy in terms of caring for Mr Crossland.

Coroner Oliver Longstaff said Mr Crossland had intentionally taken his own life.

He said: “Mr Crossland was observed to make deliberate attempts to climb onto the wall for no other reason than the intention to fall backwards from it to the ground. He had been a suicide risk for a very long time.”

Where to get help if you're struggling

You don't have to suffer in silence if you're struggling with your mental health. Here are some groups you can contact when you need help.

Samaritans: Phone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email jo@samaritans.org, in confidence

Childline: Phone 0800 1111. Calls are free and won't show up on your bill

PAPYRUS: A voluntary organisation supporting suicidal teens and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141

Depression Alliance: A charity for people with depression. No helpline but offers useful resources and links to other information

Students Against Depression: A website for students who are depressed, have low mood, or are suicidal. Click here to visit

Bullying UK: A website for both children and adults affected by bullying. Click here

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): For young men who are feeling unhappy. Has a website and a helpline: 0800 58 58 58