Devastated Salford mum killed herself over redundancy blow — (Manchester Evening News)

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Manchester Evening News

By Ben Turner

Linda Knott, 46, had worked as a supervisor at the Brierley Community Centre in Little Hulton for 16 years before it fell victim to spending cuts. The news tipped her into depression and she had already taken an overdose of pills eight days before she was found dead at her home in Walkden, just before 5pm on May 13.

A mum-of-two devastated by the loss of her council job hanged herself hours after receiving her final redundancy notice.

Linda Knott, 46, had worked as a supervisor at the Brierley Community Centre in Little Hulton for 16 years before it fell victim to spending cuts.

That morning she had received a letter from Salford council confirming her employment had ended. Her husband Frank told Bolton coroner’s court his wife felt she was ‘letting down’ people who used the community centre.

Mrs Knott, of Whittle Street, had been offered another post with the council but took voluntary redundancy.

Ruling she had taken her own life while the balance of her mind was disturbed, assistant deputy coroner Peter Watson said: “Clearly the terms of the severance and the fact of the cessation of her employment would have been central in her mind at that particular time.”

Mrs Knott had been prescribed anti-depressants a fortnight before her death. She was treated at Royal Bolton Hospital on May 5 after taking an overdose. Mrs Knott received several home visits from a psychiatric team from Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.

Her son Paul said the family feared she would try to take her own life again and had asked the trust to admit her for care.

But Dr Imran Ali, a consultant psychiatrist for the trust, said the most appropriate decision was to treat Mrs Knott at home and that she had showed no intention of trying to end her life during the visits.

Wendy Walker, deputy chief executive of Salford Community Leisure, said: “Linda was a tremendously hard working and loyal member of staff. She was very popular with the community and I know many attended her memorial.”