A BOY of 11 who hanged himself had been reluctant to attend his new secondary school, an inquest was told today.

Asad Khan was found by his mother after she had to force her way through the locked door to his bedroom at their home in Tile Street, Whetley Hill, Bradford, on September 28.

Asad had joined Beckfoot Upper Heaton School, formerly called Belle Vue Boys' School, in Heaton, in September after reaching secondary school age.

Coroner's officer Simone Holmes told the hearing: "“He was a fit, healthy, sociable and chatty boy.

"Recently he’d started a new school, he was reluctant to attend that school.”

On the day he died he had come home from school, gone to the bathroom then into his bedroom, the inquest was told.

His mother was at home and when she called up to his room and got no response she went upstairs, finding his door locked from the inside.

She forced it open and discovered him hanging, Miss Holmes, told the hearing.

Bradford Coroner Martin Fleming said it was "heartbreaking circumstances".

Paramedics were called to the scene but despite efforts to save him Asad was pronounced dead shortly afterwards at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Mr Fleming adjourned the inquest to a provisional date of January 24 next year for police reports and statements to be completed.

West Yorkshire Police are investigating allegations that Asad had been assaulted by older pupils at the school in the hours before his death.   Asad's funeral will take place this afternoon at the Masjid Bilal mosque in Drummond Road, Manningham.

This afternoon, police released an updated statement on their investigation.

Detective Inspector Paula Bickerdike, of Bradford District Police, said: "We have spoken to someone who was reported to have witnessed Asad being assaulted at his school just hours before his death. We have now established that this person did not witness such an incident. 

"We are continuing to investigate what was happening in his life prior to his death on behalf of the Coroner and are appealing for anyone with information which may assist this inquiry to come forward.

"Information can be passed to the inquiry team by calling 101 or can be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."