A tragic teenaged boy left a series of suicide ‘note’ videos on his mobile phone to family and friends before he walked in front of a train.
Troubled Luke Dadds, 18 – who smoked cannabis daily – left his PIN number on a note with instructions on accessing his final tearful messages and left them under his duvet.
They were found by his father Kevin who played just ten seconds of the heartbreaking footage before hearing sirens in the distance.
He dashed from their home frantically looking for Luke but he was found dead on a nearby railway track.
Luke had spelled out the word “sorry” in foot-long stone bars next to the train line in Yate, South Glos., and his passport was lying on the ground.
An inquest heard how he had been prescribed anti-depressants after telling a GP he had a recurring dream about his own funeral.
The night before his death on January 6 he watched football with his dad before going to bed with the unusual last words: “Night pa – see you up there”.
The next day the teen, a personal shopper with Tesco, told his mum Suzanne, 42, he loved her before leaving at around 5.45am, dressed for work.
But soon afterwards his dad found his phone in his bed with the instructions on how to see the video messages which were left for his mum, dad, sister and friends.
An hour later Luke, a former trainee plumber, stepped in front of an 85mph cross-country train and was killed instantly.
Mr Dadds, 44, told the inquest in a statement he watched just ten seconds of the heartbreaking footage before frantically trying to find his son.
He said: “There were videos of him in tears. I watched about ten seconds to realise it was serious.”
He phoned his wife and his son’s workplace and discovered he had not turned up to work, and added: “As I was on the phone we could hear the sirens in the distance.”
His distraught parents told the inquest at Flax Bourton, Somerset that Luke started having problems with cannabis when he was aged 16.
Luke quit his plumbing course at a local college and took up the job with Tesco but they said his smoking increased to every day.
His mum Suzanne arranged for Luke to see a doctor just over two months before his death after he confided in her about his moods and said he “needed help”.
Mr Dadds said: “She made a GP’s appointment and went with him.
“He had been open, but she sensed he was holding back and so she left the room.
“She later asked and he said he told the GP he had a recurring dream of all his friends looking at his photograph at a funeral.”
Dr Rachel Bayly said Luke, who lived with his family in Yate, admitted he had been feeling low for a year and smoked cannabis ‘most days’.
But she said he denied having suicidal thoughts and was put on anti-depressants, on October 30 last year.
British Transport Police investigating officer John Wilson said an on board camera recorded a man coming out from behind bushes and running towards the line.
He said the Bristol-Birmingham train was travelling at 85mph and the driver was unable to stop.
Assistant coroner Terence Moore said: “Other than being more affectionate, there was nothing really to alert anyone as to his intentions.
“Clearly it seems to me Luke took his own life by voluntarily stepping in front of the train.”
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