The young children woke up after a night's sleep to find their mum dead in her own bed.

Mum-of-three Leanne McElroy died after taking an accidental overdose of painkillers and cocaine as her children slept nearby, an inquest heard.

Her young children, aged 9, 12 and 13 woke to find their mum unresponsive on her bed.

They initially believed she was in a deep sleep, but after she failed to wake up they raised the alarm.

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A neighbour climbed through the window to discover she had died.

An inquest heard McElroy had accidentally taken a lethal cocktail of cocaine and painkillers on October 10 last year.

McElroy was prescribed strong medication to cope with pain she had suffered since giving birth 13 years ago.

However, an operation in 2017 made the pain worse. Her GP described her as "on edge" and "clinically depressed".

Police confirmed there was no evidence of self harm. They say her death was a tragic accident.

McElroy's heartbroken mum Fiona Hammett told the hearing: "My daughter was living alone with her three boys at the time of her death. Leanne had health problems, and she was in and out of hospital. We do know she was in a lot of pain.

"She had some difficulties after her first pregnancy and needed hospital treatment. She was a private person and liked to deal with things herself but was lovely and bubbly.

"I'm just shaken and saddened there are three children left behind. I'm very sad to see them separated, and I have applied for large council accommodation so I can have them more often — but I'm still waiting. Two of them are with their dad and the youngest with his dad."

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