Stuart Railton.

Stuart Railton, 54, returned to his apartment after visiting a karaoke bar in Udon Thani, northern Thailand, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, according to reports in Thailand.

The former accountant for Lancashire Constabulary, originally from Lancaster, is believed to have lost his balance while trying to urinate and plunged over the railing of the balcony.

A security guard at the Top Mansion apartment block reported hearing a thumping noise and told police that he initially thought the wall in the car park had collapsed.

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It wasn’t until he went outside that he saw the body of Mr Railton in the car park at 4.45am local time. Police searched Mr Railton’s room, where they found the door unlocked and no sign of a struggle.

They also found medication, empty beer bottles and an amount of urine on the balcony. They are working on the theory that Mr Railton was drunk and fell while trying to urinate from the balcony. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.

The British Embassy has been informed. Stuart described himself on social media as an accountant who worked in various finance departments at Lancashire Constabulary between November 1998 and December 2015.

It is understood he spent time working in both Lancaster and Morwecambe police stations. He wrote on LinkedIn that he was ‘seeking permanent or contract work in Thailand’ and he had previously taken voluntary redundancy.

Lancashire Constabulary did not wish to comment on the incident.

-Lancashire Evening Post