Elderly woman died after fall

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AN 83-YEAR-OLD former shopkeeper died after falling down a flight of stairs at her Robin Hood’s Bay home, a coroner has ruled.

Michael Oakley, the coroner for the Scarborough area, this week reopened the inquest into the death of Ethel Bulmer whose body was found in April.

The court heard she had only given up her small shop three years ago and generally had good health. She had, however, complained about a tightness in her chest, as well as dizzy spells, and spent three weeks in Scarborough Hospital for tests.

At the end of March she was able to leave hospital after she was diagnosed with diabetes – which was treated by controlling her diet.

Consultant pathologist Dr Afaf El-Hag conducted a post mortem examination and said the likely cause of death was a brain haemorrhage and skull fracture.

Mr Oakley recorded a verdict of accidental death.