1copperA policeman was found dead in the grounds of a secondary school just hours after being arrested over allegedly indecent images, an inquest has heard. PC Kevin Ellis was discovered hanging in the grounds of the school after being arrested by police over the alleged offence.

The 33-year-old was arrested in April 2013 after images were discovered on a computer, the court was told. Police had moved in to arrest him after an online conversation had been flagged up in which an indecent video was shared – one of the addresses was traced to PC Ellis’s home. Other images ‘of concern’ had also been found on electronic equipment seized.

After being bailed pending further inquiries, the dad-of-two said he would go to his parents’ home and was given a lift by an officer. However, he got out of the car before reaching the address saying he wanted to walk the rest of the way to clear his head. He never made it to his parents’ home and his body was found the next day by a member of the public in the grounds of Rodillian Academy, Wakefield, West Yorks.

Kevin’s father, Peter Ellis, told an inquest that he and his wife had no idea that their son had even been arrested, let alone bailed to stay at their house and that he should have been identified as at high risk of self harm. The retired police officer, of Castleford, West Yorks., said: “Had I known of Kevin’s arrest and that he was being bailed, I would have certainly collected him from the police.”