An inquest has been launched into the death of a 29-year-old man from Amersham.

Jack Portland died on December 27, 2015, following a struggle with mental health issues and drug use.

He spent time at two mental health facilities, The Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury, and The Dene, West Sussex, after getting arrested and jailed for shoplifting in April 2015.

His parents continued to visit him throughout this time and raised their concerns over his mental health to staff at the prison, the police, then Secretary of State, Michael Gove, and staff at the mental health facilities.

He failed to return to The Whiteleaf Centre following a period of unescorted leave on December 27, and was found dead.

Solicitor Merry Varney from law firm Leigh Day, who is representing the family at the inquest, said: “We hope that the inquest will help answer the questions that Jack’s family have about his treatment at the various institutions before his death.

“The family and their lawyers will not be making any further comment until after the conclusion of the inquest.”

The inquest is expected to last 10 days.