Anthony Atherton Biography — Wiki
Anthony Atherton is a finance manager who hanged himself on a farm days after £250,000 worth of ‘irregularities’ were discovered at the GP service where he worked, an inquest heard. Atherton had worked for BARDOC, a firm that provides the out-of-hours medical and GP service for Rochdale, Bury and Bolton, for 15 years.
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Anthony Atherton was 42 years old at the time of death.
Obituary: Anthony Atherton Death and Cause of Death
Anthony Atherton rose through the ranks to the position of business and finance manager but last August he learned from a colleague that a review had uncovered financial irregularities at the service.
Three days later, he was found dead at Boar Edge Farm in Bury, Greater Manchester, where he kept horses that he owned. The inquest into his death, at Rochdale Coroner’s Court, recorded a verdict of suicide on Tuesday and heard that police are now investigating an allegation of fraud against Mr. Atherton.
His partner, Toddrick Marsh, revealed they had made plans to buy a house together, where they would have had space to keep his horses.
Detective Inspector Alison Witkiewicz, from Greater Manchester Police, told the hearing that BARDOC had reported allegations of fraud against Mr Atherton, from Bury to police in September, a month after his death.
She explained that the allegations involved a sum of about £250,000, and related to a period between April 2015 and June 2020. The report was made to police after a member of staff was brought in to review BARDOC’s finances last April.
DI Witkiewicz said the police investigation into the allegations was still ongoing.
What we know so far about Anthony Atherton
Mr. Anthony Atherton’s mother, Jeanette, said the allegations did ‘not sound like him at all’ and described her son as a ‘sociable’ person with a ‘wide circle of friends’. Mrs. Atherton said: ‘He was the life and soul of the party. He was very generous to any of his close friends who needed his help.’
She told the hearing that her son had a ‘high work ethic’ and had worked as a care assistant prior to taking up a managerial role at BARDOC. She said the last time she had spoken to him was via text messages on the evening of August 13, and she had ‘no cause for concern’.
However, the inquest heard that in the months leading up to his death, Mr. Atherton had raised concerns with HR after hearing that a new manager was due to be brought into BARDOC with her own team.
His partner Mr. Marsh revealed that Mr. Atherton’s workload had increased due to the Covid-19 pandemic and had led to him putting in extra hours.
Mr. Marsh said Mr. Atherton had also made a complaint regarding a colleague about a week prior to his death. Mr. Marsh said he had known Mr. Atherton for about four years and described him as a ‘fun, happy person who got on with everybody’.
Mr. Marsh said: ‘I’m not aware that he had any issues. Yes, he was under pressure at work but he was good at dealing with it.
The inquest heard that after finishing work on August 13 last year, Mr. Atherton headed to Boar Edge Farm, where he kept his horses in a stable. He called Mr. Marsh to say he would be late home. While at the farm, Mr. Atherton collected some milk from Deborah Cooper, a friend who lived there, shortly after 7.40 pm.
The pair chatted for 10 minutes and Mr. Atherton confided in her that he was having a ‘tough time’ at work and had put in a grievance against a colleague.
Throughout the course of that evening, Mr. Atherton and Mr. Marsh exchanged several text messages before the latter then fell asleep. Mr. Marsh awoke at 2am and tried to ring Mr. Atherton after becoming concerned that he had not replied to his latest texts.
He woke up again at 6.30 am and, still not having heard from his partner, sent a text to Mrs. Cooper asking her to check his horsebox. She went down to the stables where she discovered Mr. Atherton’s body.
Pathologist Dr. Sami Titi gave Mr. Anthony Atherton’s cause of death as asphyxia due to hanging.