POLICE officers battled to save the life of a man who had hanged himself at his home.

The police were alerted by Bobby Wells’ mother after she received a suicidal text.

PC Gary Kimble told the inquest in Winchester that he kicked down the front door of Mr Wells’ flat in Marchwood Village Mews, Marchwood, on the evening of March 27.

He pushed into the bedroom and knocked down Bobby who had been hanging.

PC Kimble said: “I could see his was not breathing.

“His face was very pale in colour.

“I started CPR. There was no response. We did CPR for about 20 minutes until the ambulance arrived.”

Bobby was taken to Southampton General Hospital but was declared dead in the early hours of the following day.

In a statement his mother Elaine Wells said Bobby, a father of two, suffered depression but did not want to admit it. There had been relationship problems with a former girlfriend.

Acting area coroner Sam Marsh said the death was a suicide. She said a note to his mother and ex-partner left at the scene made his intentions clear

As Bobby was under the care of the Southern Health mental health team a serious incident inquiry was held.

The report concluded that his death could not have been “predicted or prevented”.