Pocklington farmer died from fatal chest injuries

Henry Thirsk was found dead at his farm in Everingham on April 20 but his death is still being decribed as 'unexpained'

Exactly how Henry Thirsk died at his farm near Pocklington still remains a mystery nearly three months after his death. The Pocklington farmer and businessman died at Glebe Farm in Everingham on April 20.

Humberside Police said at the time that his death was ‘unexplained’ and then later said ‘unexpected’.

An inquest into Mr Thirsk’s death was formally opened in Hull, however, the circumstances surrounding his death remains unknown.

During the short hearing, Area Coroner Lorraine Harris said: “The post-mortem shows the cause of death was chest injuries and further investigations are ongoing. We are waiting for the investigation into the matter to be concluded before we can looking at resuming the inquest.”

Mr Thirsk was a well-known Pocklington resident and a member of the shooting community.

Police are appealing to anyone that may have spoken to him on the day that he died to contact them or independent charity Crimestoppers.

The force has asked anyone who has information that might assist with their inquiries to get in touch, particularly anyone who spoke to or saw Mr Thirsk on Wednesday April 20, by calling 101 and quoting log 687 of 20 April, or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mr Thirsk owned the Feathers Hotel in Pocklington and Pocklington Town FC played at the Henry Thirsk Amenity Centre, which was created on his former farmland. The Mayor of Pocklington, Cllr Richard Bryon, said last month that his death had been “shocking news for the town”.

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