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Man stepped in path of train

A man tragically took his own life by stepping off the platform at Long Eaton railway station and into the path of a high-speed train, an inquest heard.

Martin Boulton Symms, 47, of Sawley Marina, was seen walking off the platform at the station at 11.15am on July 17, 2013.

Mr Symms had a history of alcohol dependency and had undergone periods of admission to hospital with mental health issues before he died.

An inquest held at Derby and South Derbyshire Coroner’s Court heard that Mr Symms saw a mental health nurse for the last time on July 5 last year when there were no concerns about his mental state.

Megan Tatton, Mr Symms’ sister, spoke at the inquest about the 12 days following her brother’s last visit to his counsellor.

She said: “This was a gap where his mood changed and he went downhill.”

There were four witnesses at the scene of the death, one of whom spoke to Mr Symms.

Beverley Clarke said she heard him say: “I’ve had enough – I’m going to end it.” She said she urged Mr Symms, who appeared intoxicated and was stumbling around, not to go through with his threat, but he walked on to the track and into the path of an approaching train.

The inquest also heard a text message was sent to a close family member immediately prior to the incident.

Mr Symms was discovered to have been intoxicated when he was hit by a train at 80mph.

The British Transport Police confirmed in a statement that procedure was followed correctly.

Deputy coroner Louise Pinder concluded: “He had indicated that he intended to take his own life immediately prior to walking off the platform.

“It is beyond reasonable doubt that Mr Symms committed suicide.”

 

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