A Norwich man was found dead in his home after a number of missed appointments with an addiction charity sparked checks on his welfare.

Kevin Howard was found in his property in Boundary Road on February 2 this year, after he was reported missing by staff from Change Grow Live, a charity which provides support for people dealing with substance misuse.

An inquest held this week was told the 59-year-old had been receiving support from the charity since April 2018, but that his engagement was "sporadic".

But in the weeks leading up to his death, he missed a number of regularly scheduled appointments..

In a statement, Lesley McNay from the organisation told the court on January 31, members of staff had visited his home but did not receive an answer.

They then contacted his regular pharmacy, which confirmed he had also stopped collecting a weekly prescription of methadone for some weeks.

The organisation then reported him as missing to the police, who gained entry to his property and found him dead inside.

The medical cause of his death was bronchopneumonia, contributed to by methadone and cocaine use.

Area coroner Yvonne Blake concluded his death had been natural causes contributed to by drug use.