A PRE-INQUEST hearing has taken place to determine the direction an upcoming inquest of a teenager should take.

Christian Sydney Ellison Mangles, 17, of Egton, near Whitby, died on Thursday, June 14. His body was found at Blakey Ridge, on the North York Moors, following a police search of the area.

An inquest was opened on June 18, and on Wednesday, November 21 a pre-inquest hearing was held at Solberge Hall, near Northallerton by assistant coroner John Broadbridge.

The hearing heard Mr Mangles had died by suicide but that staff at his school, Ampleforth College, had been aware of threats he had made against his life but that his parents had not been informed.

Mr Broadbridge said he wanted to establish “who knew what, and when” in relation to Mr Mangles’ state of mind. He also discussed with legal representatives for the family, school and police, over what witnesses should be called and what evidence looked into.

The inquest is set to last three days due to the number of expected witnesses, and a report from the Independent Office for Police Conduct to be presented.

A provisional date of Monday, March 11 was set.