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Cambridge doorman who took his own life by police claims father

A Cambridge man who took his own life on Stourbridge Common last year said his father “felt there was no justice in this world”.

Sean Brown, 31, was found on the street by the police. Cambridge Green on August 5, 2020.

His Willingham father, Gary Brown, paid tribute to his son, the funny and “touching” father of two, whose sanity was tragically shaken later in life.

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The investigation into Sean’s death continues, but Mr Brown claims his son has been let down by the police and mental health services.

Mr Brown said Sean, who grew up at Barnwell, Cambridge, “is excellent at everything he does”.

He was passionate about racer racing, following in his father’s footsteps, taking second place at the Southern Championships for a year.

He later “found the life of nightclubs” and became a janitor.

“He was a great janitor as he wasn’t a bully or a thug,” said Mr Brown.

“When problems started, he would go in there and try to resolve them in a verbal, courteous manner.”

As a last resort, he “gathered people up and got them out”.

Gary Brown believes it "lots of red flags" missed all his son's life
Gary Brown believes ‘many red flags’ were missed during his son’s life

Sean, 28, worked three jobs as a cleaner in the mornings, a delivery driver during the day, and a concierge in the evenings.

“I could not be more proud of a father, [that] Sean stopped three jobs on his own initiative,” said Mr. Brown. “He was a dear father, he absolutely loved his children.”

During a tumultuous 18-month relationship when he decided to “immediately” stop taking steroids, Sean sadly “lost control of his emotions and started committing suicide,” said Sean.

He found himself in the hospital, losing his job, with little money left, and the property he had rented closed.

Following her discharge from the hospital in February 2018, a decision was made not to harass.

“It was devastating, absolutely devastating,” Mr Brown said of the impact of the case. “It greatly affected his mental health. He felt that there was no justice in this world.”

Days later, Sean found himself The roof of the Grand Arcade mall and threatened to take his own life.

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Although his mental health showed signs of improvement at some points over the next few years, Sean’s family struggled to reach him while living in shared housing.

They were unable to contact him between February and November 2019 when Sean had an argument with a friend that led to an even more devastating cost.

She broke the man’s jaw after a drunken night out. The following week, Sean reported to the police that his old friend and brother had arrived outside his house with knives.

When the officers involved could not find the weapons, they were released to go about their business.

Filled with regret, Sean claimed to have received threatening messages and told the friend he punched that there was no need to send his friends to hurt him. With CPFT’s First Responder Service.

Sean's tombstone was designed by father Gary, an artist.
Sean’s tombstone was designed by father Gary, an artist.

With his hair and beard growing and his weight gaining, Sean’s father questioned why no one noticed that his son was “going to a very, very bad place”.

A diary found after Sean’s death stated that Sean did not interact with mental health services from March 2019 until his death on August 5, 2020.

“He could be alive today if there was an intervention,” Brown said.

As in his life, Mr Brown did not recognize him when he entered the funeral parlor to cut his son’s hair.

“I leaned against his coffin and grabbed his face with both hands and said to him, ‘I’ll find some kind of justice for you, even if it’s just written.

If you’re struggling with your mental health, you don’t need to suffer in silence.

Besides turning to close friends or family, there are many charities you can talk to or seek advice from.

Here are some groups you can contact when you need help:

Samaritans: Phone 116 123, 24 hours a day or email jo@samaritans.org, confidently.

Children’s line: Phone 0800 1111. Calls are free and do not count towards your bill.

PAPYRUS: A voluntary organization that supports suicidal youth and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141.

Depression Alliance: A charity for depressed people. There is no helpline, but it does offer links to useful resources and other information.

Students Against Depression: A website for students who are depressed, depressed or suicidal. Click here to visit.

Bullying in the UK: A website for both children and adults affected by bullying. Click here.

Campaign Against Living in Miserable Living (CALM): For young men who feel miserable. There is a hotline: 0800 58 58 58 or visit website.

Mr Brown said more than 300 people were present at his funeral at Cambridge Crematorium.

“Since his passing, three people have come to me and explained that they wouldn’t be alive today without Sean’s help – because he was going to help them. But he couldn’t help himself.”

“Everyone who knew him loved him,” Brown added, “and he found funny things in everything.”

The investigation into Sean Brown’s death began on August 13, and a final hearing date has yet to be set.

Cambridgeshire Police “We can confirm that the complaint has been made and that the investigation into the matter is ongoing – so it would be inappropriate to comment any further,” he said.

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