|A great sensation was caused in the quiet little village of Yelden yesterday when it became known that Mr. Wm. H. Coleman, baker, had committed suicide.
Until about 11 a.m. yesterday he went about his work as usual and prepared a batch of bread.
Mr. B. Waters, licensed victualler, noticed nothing unusual in the deceased’s manner when he visited deceased’s shop to arrange about the supply of some corn.
At about 12 o’clock a lad who worked for deceased ran into Mr. Wicks’s blacksmith’s shop and said something must have happened to Mr. Coleman, as he was lying in an outhouse, covered with blood. Mr. Wicks, with Mr. Waters, who was also in the blacksmith’s shop at the time, went at once to the deceased’s premises and found the body of Coleman in an outhouse. In the throat was a terrible wound, evidently inflicted with a razor lying near the deceased’s right hand. In the left hand was grasped the razor-case. Life was quite extinct.
P.C. Crowsley, of Dean, and Dr. Greenfield, of Rushden, were fetched at once, and the Coroner was communicated with. An inquest is being held this afternoon.
Deceased had, as far as is known, no financial troubles.
It is a notable coincidence that another man attempted suicide in a similar manner a few years ago on the same premises.