Inquest to open into death of Sunderland dad Jay McLaren

A GoFundMe page has been set up by the friends of Jay McLaren.
A GoFundMe page has been set up by the friends of Jay McLaren.

An inquest into the tragic death of a Sunderland dad whose body was found at a recycling site after a Christmas night out is set to be opened this week.

The 28-year-old, from Hadleigh Road, off Hylton Road, was found on the site in Houghton on the night of Christmas Eve.

Jay McLaren was last seen in Park Lane on a night out before his body was later found in Houghton.

Jay McLaren was last seen in Park Lane on a night out before his body was later found in Houghton.

Northumbria Police believe he may have got into a bin after a night out in the city centre with his team mates from Kings Arms FC.

He was reported missing by his family on Saturday, December 23, after he failed to return home.

Sunderland Coroner's Court will open his inquest at its base in Sunderland Civic Centre on Friday at 10am.

A GoFundMe page set up by Jay's team mates has now exceeded £2,000.

It will be used to support Jay's family, including his fiance and two-year-old daughter.

He also leaves a mum and siblings, with scores of tributes left to the dad online.

Police have said it is believed there is no third party involvement in Jay's death, but have asked for anyone who can help piece together his last movements to get in touch.

The last time he was seen was at 4.15am on Saturday, December 23, outside the Arizona and Purple bar in Park Lane.

From there, he is understood to have been taken to the recycling plant after entering a bin that was later collected in the early hours of that day.

Northumbria Police, which is being supported in its inquiries by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), has said Jay’s family are being supported by specialist officers.

In the lead up to New Year celebrations, the force urged people to stay together and keep an eye out for friends.

A HSE spokesperson said: “HSE is aware of the incident and inspectors have attended the site with Northumbria Police officers.

"We are continuing to assist them with their inquiries.”

Anyone who believes they may have seen or spoken to Jay in the early hours of Saturday, December 23, 2017 should contact police on 101 quoting 1205 231217.