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Estate agent turned auctioneer found dead at York apartment

Inquest hears that Charlie Lancaster, who in 2018 set up auction platform MyBid4It, had been harbouring suicidal thoughts during lockdown.

Nigel Lewis

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An auctioneer and former estate agent took his own life after becoming depressed during lockdown, an inquest has been told.

Charlie Lancaster, who last year attended The Negotiator Conference & Expo with his company MyBid4It.com and met John Bercow, established the auctions platform in 2018 after working for Lancaster Simms, an estate agency he founded in 2012 in York.

Lancaster was found dead at his apartment in the city by his girlfriend on August 18th after she returned from work, and said that she had been supporting him with mental health issues.

The inquest at County Hall in Northallerton earlier this week that auctioneer Lancaster had battled with anxiety and depression since his early 20s and saw a therapist regularly.

Finding things hard

Gemma Stanham, who had been with him for three years prior to his death, told the inquest that he had been ‘finding things hard’ during lockdown, the Yorkshire Post reports.

During the months running up to his death, Lancaster had told his therapist that he had entertained thoughts of suicide, and his bloodstream was found to contain both alcohol and anti-depressants, although not enough to kill him.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, assistant coroner for North Yorkshire John Broadbridge, said that although Mr Lancaster’s background meant he was not in the ‘at risk’ group for male suicides, he had taken his own life.

“He was known to be suffering from depression,” he said. “He gave no signs that he was planning suicide, though the thought had entered his head. Everything seemed normal – he left no note and had no severe mental illness.”

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November 18, 2020

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