SIX inquests into deaths in Oxfordshire opened this afternoon, with suspected drug overdoses, a fall on a hospital ward and an industrial disease all thought to have contributed to the deaths.

Brief details heard in Oxford Coroner's Court are as follows.

• Alan Redman, a retired RAF officer, 85, is believed to have died after various fractures from falls, including one in his ward at the John Radcliffe Hospital, where he died on February 11. His inquest will resume on July 23.

• Colin Oakley, 86, from Brackley, Northamptonshire, died on February 12, in the Horton General Hospital. His death is believed to have been caused by Mesothilioma. The inquest will resume on July 24.

• Police said there were 'no suspicious circumstances' in the death of Neil Boughen, aged 45, from Abingdon, who died on February 4 of a suspected overdose at his home. The inquest resumes on June 24.

• Thomas Johnson, who was a managing director at a cabling engineering company died in the John Radcliffe. The 80-year-old, from Banbury, died on February 11 after a 'possible accidental drugs overdose'. His inquest will resume on April 16.

• Carpenter Dean Taylor, 31, from Oxford, was found dead at home on February 9. Police said there were 'no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death and that drugs paraphernalia was found near his body. The inquest resumes on June 24.

• Colin Bateman, 71, from Oxford, died at home on February 7 of a possible drug overdose. His inquest resumes on July 23.