Telegraph, 10 Jun Life Guard killed himself over car fines A member of the Queen's Life Guard hanged himself with a ceremonial bridle chain because of worries about parking fines, an inquest heard yesterday.Simon Wall, who took part in the Queen Mother's funeral procession, was found by a fellow trooper hanging from a beam in the stables at Hyde Park barracks on April 21. Hours earlier he had faced demands from bailiffs for more than £1,000. Mr Wall, 36, was being pursued for three minor debts: two parking fines and a congestion charge fine. But the sums had soared because of non-payment and the bailiffs' fees. Two days before he died, Mr Wall, a corporal of the horse and a divorced father of two, had telephoned his mother without giving any hint of his problems, Westminster coroner's court heard. Four hours before his death he sent a text message to his girlfriend telling her about his "busy day". Dr Paul Knapman, the coroner, said he found it "astonishing" that such minor motoring fines should "escalate" to more than £1,000. Verdict: suicide. I debated whether to post this, but I felt it was proper. For the guys out there - just tell the chain if something happens. For the chain, a reminder of how things can get out of hand. We have enough crap to deal with when we're on Ops. Lets keep looking after each other and prevent this sort of sad event.