Pole dancer, 27, killed herself after lockdown stopped her competing, inquest hears 

Jessica Norris, 27, from Bolton, had battled despair since she was teenager

One in all Britain’s high pole dancers killed herself after being prevented from competing throughout the coronavirus lockdown, an inquest has heard.

Two time winner of Miss Pole Dance UK Jessica Norris, from Bolton, Higher Manchester, had battled despair since she was an adolescent however her psychological state deteriorated when the UK lockdown meant she might not go to the gymnasium.   

Police mentioned that the health teacher, 27, had searched on-line how one can self hurt earlier than she was discovered hanged in her bed room on June 15 final yr.

Miss Norris had left a word for her grandmother that learn: ‘I really like you a lot Nan, and I’m grateful for what you might have performed for me. 

‘However I am unable to take care of what’s going on with my head anymore.’

Her mom Alanna Norris, who lives in France, mentioned: ‘Jess led a lifetime of construction, and struggled when lockdown meant that she couldn’t educate or participate in pole dancing competitions.’ 

Coroner Prof Alan Walsh recorded a conclusion of suicide, Bolton Coroner’s Courtroom was advised.

The listening to at Bolton Coroner’s Courtroom was advised that Miss Norris had certified as a health teacher in 2010 earlier than coming into competitions and instructing pole health to purchasers. 

She grew to become Miss Pole Dance UK Champion in 2011 and 2015. 

The hearing at Bolton Coroner's Court was told that Miss Norris had qualified as a fitness instructor in 2010 before entering competitions and teaching pole fitness to clients

The listening to at Bolton Coroner’s Courtroom was advised that Miss Norris had certified as a health teacher in 2010 earlier than coming into competitions and instructing pole health to purchasers

Miss Norris's mental state deteriorated when the UK lockdown meant she could no longer go to the gym

Miss Norris’s psychological state deteriorated when the UK lockdown meant she might not go to the gymnasium

Miss Norris had been dwelling with pal Brian Crompton since lockdown began in March 2020 in addition to working in a bar to assist her funds.    

Mr Crompton left for work on the morning of her dying however obtained no reply when he texted her later that day to ask how she was, Bolton Coroner’s Courtroom was advised on Monday.

He got here house to discover a word on her bed room door saying: ‘Do not are available in. Ring 999. I am so sorry.’

Mr Crompton pressured his method into the room however efforts to revive Miss Norris had been in useless.  

Jessica’s GP, Dr Imran Salun, mentioned that she was prescribed sertraline as an anti-depressant however there was no proof of medication or alcohol in her system on the time of dying.

Detective Inspector Andrew Naismith, of Higher Manchester Police, mentioned that the flat was safe and there was no indicators of disturbance.

Police coroners officer Stefan Wilson confirmed that her web search historical past revealed that, within the days resulting in her dying, she had researched strategies of self hurt.

Police confirmed that Miss Norris's internet search history revealed that, in the days leading to her death, she had researched methods of self harm

Police confirmed that Miss Norris's internet search history revealed that, in the days leading to her death, she had researched methods of self harm

Police confirmed that Miss Norris’s (left and proper) web search historical past revealed that, within the days resulting in her dying, she had researched strategies of self hurt

Police said that the fitness instructor had searched online how to self harm before she was found hanged in her bedroom on June 15 last year

Police mentioned that the health teacher had searched on-line how one can self hurt earlier than she was discovered hanged in her bed room on June 15 final yr

Police coroner’s workplace Stephan Wilson mentioned: ‘Jessica Norris’s telephoned was examined. 

‘The data confirmed that she had three calls with a Leanne O’Rourke shortly earlier than her dying. 

‘They mentioned a stroll together with her canine and o the third name, there was a sign of how she was feeling. 

‘She mentioned “I will see you quickly” however her voice was decrease, and he or she didn’t appear upbeat.

‘An examination of her cell phone’s search historical past confirmed that she had researched strategies of suicide.’ 

Recording a conclusion of suicide, coroner Alan Walsh mentioned: ‘Jessica was clearly superb at her chosen occupation as a result of she had been a instructor. 

‘She excelled in competitions and have become UK champion twice, in 2011 and 2015. She had made plans to show in France.

‘She was profitable in her instructing. She was profitable in competitions. However as her mom mentioned, she put a entrance up of being very profitable {and professional}.’ 

Miss Norris, from Bolton, Greater Manchester, had been crowned Miss Pole Dance UK Champion in 2011 and 2015

Miss Norris, from Bolton, Higher Manchester, had been topped Miss Pole Dance UK Champion in 2011 and 2015

Miss Norris had been living with friend Brian Crompton since lockdown started in March 2020 as well as working in a bar to help her finances

Miss Norris had been dwelling with pal Brian Crompton since lockdown began in March 2020 in addition to working in a bar to assist her funds

In an announcement her mom Mrs Norris had mentioned her daughter had been planning to affix her overseas and educate pole health which might be a ‘new, recent begin’.

‘She can be travelling round and instructing however she then grew to become affected by the lockdown,’ mentioned Mrs Norris. 

‘She already had issues together with her psychological well being and suffered from despair which began when she was an adolescent. However the previous couple of years had been a wrestle for Jess.

‘She had talked about it generally and did attempt to get assist, however she didn’t follow the assistance and a focus that she was given. 

‘She seemed like being very skilled as an teacher and was very profitable, however she suffered from despair.

‘Jess appreciated a really structured life, and the lockdown had stopped that aspect of her life. 

In a statement Miss Norris's mother had said her daughter had been planning to join her abroad and teach pole fitness which would be a 'new, fresh start'

In an announcement Miss Norris’s mom had mentioned her daughter had been planning to affix her overseas and educate pole health which might be a ‘new, recent begin’

‘At first of the lockdown, she had additionally began a brand new job in a bar to complement her work as a health teacher. However then that stopped too.

‘She was very near her grandmother who she referred to as “Nan”. 

‘The final time her Nan noticed her was on June 12, 2020 and he or she appeared wonderful and glad then. She was lively across the health studio, together with her pals and college students. 

‘However her despair hit her exhausting after they weren’t there within the evenings as a result of lockdown.’ 

Following the information of her dying, tributes poured in from lots of of pals and fellow dancers.

Kay Penney, the discovered of Miss Pole Dance UK, described Miss Norris in a submit shared on the competitors’s Fb web page as a ‘nationwide treasure’.

She mentioned: ‘Thanks in your contribution and as a real ambassador for the aerial arts, touching so many lives, hearts and souls, lifting many people together with your entertaining, unforgettable and mesmerising routines.

‘Thanks in your unquestionable dedication and sharing your expertise by many courses, masterclasses, camps, occasions and competitions.

‘You shone like a beacon of hope on so many levels and your legacy will reside on endlessly within the historical past of pole and personally as my pole daughter, who continually confirmed your gratitude through the years and through your reign as double feminine singles champion.’

Lee Hill, founder and former proprietor of Bodytorq Health in Westhoughton, labored with Miss Norris in 2014. 

He mentioned: ‘She was a very bubbly individual and he or she was so obsessed with her work. She made an immediate impression and her courses had been all the time full of individuals, she was highly regarded.

‘Jess was very enterprise minded. She was very pushed and needed to maintain enhancing.

‘She had an important presence about her and he or she touched so many lives, she had a large impression in that business, not simply in Bolton however throughout the nation.

‘She had a very pure present for teaching folks, she may very well be an actual activity grasp when it got here to coaching however she all the time led by instance, she by no means simply stood there and ordered folks about. She did the work with them.’

For confidential help name the Samaritans on 116123 or go to an area Samaritans department, see www.samaritans.org for particulars. 

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