A coroner is calling for action after the death of a dad and grandad who fell from a tower block.

William Erskine, or Billy, was discovered dead outside Stretford House on August 26 last year.

On March 22 this year, after an inquest at Stockport Coroner's Court, the coroner Chris Morris came to the conclusion the death of Mr Erskine was due to misadventure as Mr Erskine was under the influence at the time.

However it was a cause of concern to Mr Morris that the windows at Stretford House are able to open to 360 degrees and that there is no need for window restrictors in high-rise buildings under UK building regulations.

Messenger Newspapers: William Erskine

Now he is calling for action in the form of a Report to Prevent Future Deaths to Housing Secretary Michael Gove at the end of last month.

A spokesperson for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities said the department would respond to the report "shortly".

Mr Morris said: "It is a matter of concern that, aside from certain buildings for educational use or healthcare use, or for vulnerable adults, current building regulations do not require fixed window restrictors to be fitted to opening windows in high-rise residential buildings.

"In relation to windows of the type and design in use in Stretford House there is no current requirement to retro-fit fixed window restrictors."

Messenger Newspapers: View of Stretford House from Poplar Road.

The tower block is the responsibility of housing association L&Q whose head of health and safety Steve Pettit was in attendance at the inquest at Stockport Coroner's Court.

He said a health and safety rating system assessment found no falling risk at Stretford House.

Mr Pettit said: "We have to deal with a lot of requirements so we cannot deal with everything.

"If it is something which puts people at risk we take steps but this does not apply in this case."

Previously Mr Erskine's partner Sarah Doyle said: "He was a great dad and a great grandad. He loved his family and his friends. 

"He was Manchester United mad and he travelled the world with them. The football lads were his life. He was an amazing guy." 

This article was written by Jack Tooth. To contact him, email jack.tooth@newsquest.co.uk or follow @JTRTooth on Twitter.