An unemployed man taken to court over debts was found hanged in his nephew’s cellar, an inquest was told.

Stephen Cawthra, 55, was discovered by his nephew Liam Cawthra on October 1 last year.

Mr Cawthra found his uncle when he went to check money had been put in the electricity meter at the home they shared in Glendare Road, Lidget Green.

Stephen Cawthra, who was an out-of-work engineer, had previously told family about money worries, the Bradford hearing was told yesterday.

His benefits had been stopped and he had got into debt but his situation had later been reassessed and benefits restarted.

In a statement Liam Cawthra had said his uncle “at times seemed fed up” but he had never spoken directly to him about money.

Recording a suicide verdict Bradford Coroner Roger Whittaker said: “I don’t have a note, I don’t know what his intention was but by inference I’m satisfied in doing what he did he must have intended to take his own life, all too sadly he was successful.”