Jessica Leanne Norris
Jessica Norris was one of Britain’s top pole dancers who killed herself after being prevented from competing during the coronavirus lockdown, an inquest has heard. Two-time winner of Miss Pole Dance UK Norris had battled depression since she was a teenager but her mental state deteriorated when the lockdown meant she could no longer go to the gym.
Jessica Norris Police Dancer
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. She became Miss Pole Dance UK Champion in 2011 and 2015.
How old was Jessica Norris?
Jessica Norris, from Bolton, Greater Manchester, was 27 years old at the time of death.
Jessica Norris Death
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. Miss Norris had left a note for her grandmother that read: ‘I love you so much Nan, and I am grateful for what you have done for me.
‘But I can’t deal with what is going on with my head anymore.’
Jessica Norris Cause of Death
Her mother Alanna Norris, who lives in France, said: ‘Jess led a life of the structure, and struggled when lockdown meant that she could not teach or take part in pole dancing competitions.’ Coroner Professor Alan Walsh recorded a conclusion of suicide, Bolton Coroner’s Court heard.
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. Mr. Crompton left for work on the morning of her death but got no reply when he texted her later that day to ask how she was, Bolton Coroner’s Court was told on Monday.
He came home to find a note on her bedroom door saying: ‘Don’t come in. Ring 999. I’m so sorry.’ Mr. Crompton forced his way into the room but his efforts to revive Miss Norris were in vain. Jessica’s GP, Dr. Imran Salun, said that she was prescribed sertraline as an anti-depressant but there was no evidence of drugs.
Detective Inspector Andrew Naismith, of Greater Manchester Police, said that the flat was secure and there were no signs of disturbance.
Police coroners officer Stefan Wilson confirmed that her internet search history revealed that, in the days leading to her death, she had researched methods of self-harm. Police coroner’s office Stephan Wilson said: ‘Jessica Norris’s telephoned was examined.
‘An examination of her mobile phone’s search history showed that she had researched methods of suicide.’
Recording a conclusion of suicide, coroner Alan Walsh said: ‘Jessica was obviously very good at her chosen profession because she had been a teacher.
‘She excelled in competitions and became UK champion twice, in 2011 and 2015. She had made plans to teach in France.
‘She was successful in her teaching. She was successful in competitions. But as her mother said, she put a front up of being very successful and professional.’
In a statement, her mother Mrs. Norris had said her daughter had been planning to join her abroad and teach pole fitness which would be a ‘new, fresh start’. ‘She would be traveling around and teaching but she then became affected by the lockdown,’ said Mrs. Norris.