A woman was ignored by dozens and died after being blown over by gale force winds, causing her to suffer severe head injuries, an inquest heard.

Linda McKenna, 44, died shortly after battling against Storm Jorge and getting hit on the head as she lost her balance, reports Mirror Online.

The vulnerable woman was rushed to Blackpool Victoria Hospital on the morning of March 1 after she was ignored as she lay on the floor.

After seeing her on the town centre CCTV, an officer thought she was drunk and claimed they did not want to "waste resources" by calling 999, it was said.

Linda suffered fatal head injuries

Miss McKenna left her mother Sue's house at 1.30am and was seen walking through Blackpool town centre.

She disappeared behind some bins before emerging 12 minutes later in an intoxicated state.

She then staggered through the streets where she suffered several falls partially due to Storm Jorge raging at the time, the inquest was told.

Eventually three people stopped to help her and she was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital in an unconscious state at around 4am.

She was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital

She died from her injuries the following day.

A postmortem by Dr Mark Sissons said the cause of death was a brain haemorrhage due to blunt force trauma.

The inquest heard there was evidence of drugs in her system.

Handing down a conclusion of accidental death, coroner Alan Wilson said: "It was a noticeably windy night.

"The footage shows Linda walking with purpose; then she goes behind some wheely bins.

"She then emerges and walks into a wall. There is a clear difference between before she went behind the wheely bins and afterwards.

"She has taken some substance that has left her intoxicated pretty quickly."

Referring to the person who saw her while monitoring CCTV cameras in the area, he added: "Looking at the footage there is a point after Linda comes within the view of the cameras that he zooms in on her, and that is within a few minutes of him becoming aware of Linda.

"On the one hand it is unclear whether she would have suffered a significant head injury from these examples of CCTV footage.

"On the other hand, she is on the floor for a long period of time. It seems to me that anyone watching her would absolutely have a cause for ringing an ambulance or the police. She seems to be vulnerable.

"However, it doesn’t appear to me that even if there had been an earlier call to emergency services that it would have been a different outcome for Linda."

He said he would write to the firm who employed the man, urging bosses to remind staff that they are able to call 999 when seeing someone in a vulnerable state.