Indebted British man sets self on fire

Bolton coroner’s court heard Antony Breeze, 36, had debts amounting to £1,600 and his phone was “ringing day and night” with calls from various debt collectors, loan sharks and pawnbrokers.

Breeze, who worked for engineering firm Webster Drivers, set himself alight in an alley near his home after receiving the text messages.

He was taken to hospital after being spotted by a neighbor, but died from burns covering 73 percent of his body.

“Money is a natural concern of any family man and father at some point. His debts were not at a very high level, therefore I cannot understand why his debts would lead him to harm himself”, the coroner office said.

His death has come at a time of criticism of payday loan companies that add interest of up to 200 percent on short term loans.

The tide may be turning though, as two payday lenders were forced last week to surrender their trading licenses over bad practices.


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