The tragic death of a mother from Bury was caused by drowning an inquest opening heard.

Sharon Healey, 46, of Orchid Drive,  a support worker, died on November 19 after Greater Manchester Police were called to reports of a concern for welfare of a female near the River Roch in Bury.

The inquest into her death opened at Rochdale Coroner’s court this morning (Thursday) and police coroner’s officer Katie Burrows told the court that Sharon’s cause of death was drowning and there are no suspicious circumstances into her death.

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Sharon’s family have paid tribute to her and said: “Sharon was known as a bubbly, outgoing and caring person. She would offer time as a volunteer to help people in the community.

“She loved to attend social events with her friends and family.

“Sharon was a well-liked member of the community and local church.

“Her last achievement was completing a degree in criminology and psychology which she liked doing.

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“Her youngest children said how much their mum enjoyed taking them to the park and in her spare times reading at home.

“She is sadly missed by her parents, children, brother, family and close friends. At this time, we ask for privacy while we grieve.”

Coroner Matthew Cox set an inquest date for March 20, 2024.