A man in his 90s who was admitted to hospital with hypothermia lived in a home with no heating, a court has heard. 

An inquest into the death of Arthur Trickridge was opened on Friday by cenior coroner for Suffolk, Nigel Parsley. 

Mr Trickridge was admitted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in December last year after a fall at home.

When the 96-year-old arrived at the hospital, it became apparent to hospital staff that he was suffering from hypothermia. 

In an inquest opening held at Suffolk Coroners' Court in Ipswich on Friday, it was heard that it later transpired Mr Trickridge and his son had been unable to afford heating in their Haverhill home. 

Mr Trickridge died in the hospital on December 19. 

This is the second time in a week that the Suffolk Coroners' Court has heard of the death of an elderly person living in a home with no heating.  

Last Friday, an inquest was opened into the death of Olive Cox, 92, from Lowestoft, who died in hospital on Christmas Day last year. 

In that hearing, the court was told that the only source of heating in Mrs Cox’s home at the time of her death was a condemned gas heater.  

Her adult son, who lived with Mrs Cox, told hospital staff that his mother had spent the three days before she was admitted to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston “couch-bound”, and was unable to eat or drink. 

An inquest into the death of Mrs Cox is expected to conclude on Friday, August 4. For Mr Tickridge, an inquest will conclude on Friday, August 11.