Spanish woman found dead in Bristol gorge ‘feared deportation’ after Brexit vote

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Avon Gorge in Bristol

A SPANISH woman who was found dead in a river gorge in Bristol was worried she would be deported because of Brexit, an inquest has heard.

Miriam Macarron Arroyo was found in the Avon Gorge in January (2017), four days after she was reported missing.

An inquest heard she suffered from depression as well as dealing with a number of problems, but the assistant coroner,Myfanwy Buckeridge, said there was no conclusive evidence she had intended to take her own life.

“On the balance of probabilities I consider that (her death) was probably due to a fall, but I have no conclusive evidence that she intended to take her own life.

“I cannot rule out the fact that this may have been a tragic accident or that something she intended to do somehow went astray.”

Arroyo’s housemate, Claire Tidman, told the inquest the Spaniard feared Brexit and “believed she would be deported one day as a result.”

Another friend, Yoko Early, said: “I was of the opinion she became depressed because of Brexit.”

Tidman did not believe her friend was subject to any direct abuse but she did feel it was “more subliminal” and told The Guardian the “media is very powerful, she wanted to stay here.”

The former care worker had no close family ties except for her mother, who lives in Madrid and had been receiving letters relating to tax arrears.

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