Man hit by train was sui­cide, in­quest rules

Memo­rial fund set up in bid to pro­mote coun­selling for young peo­ple

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

Robert Clark Bent­ley, 21, died on Fri­day April 28 after be­ing hit by a train near Beaconsfield train sta­tion.

Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice con­firmed that a man had been hit on the line just be­fore the af­ter­noon rush hour.

Of­fi­cers and emer­gency ser­vices were called to the line at around 3.50pm and at­tended with paramedics, where it was con­firmed the col­li­sion was fatal and the man was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Lines re­opened after an hour, with de­lays of more than an hour be­ing re­ported be­tween Ger­rards Cross and High Wycombe.

Some trains were can­celled and com­muters were told to find al­ter­nate routes by the com­pany.

As­sis­tant coro­ner Ali­son McCormick re­turned a ver­dict of sui­cide at Beaconsfield Coro­ner’s Court on Wed­nes­day August 30.

She gave the cause of death as 1a: de­cap­i­ta­tion and 1b: train col­li­sion.

A memo­rial fund was set up shortly after the Waller Road res­i­dent’s tragic death by Mr Bent­ley’s fa­ther, and money raised from it would fund coun­selling.

A state­ment on the web­site of The Robert Bent­ley Memo­rial Fund says it is “di­rectly fund­ing coun­selling for young adults in Robert’s home towns in Buck­ing­hamshire and Powys in Wales”.

It adds: “The aim of the fund is to re­move bar­ri­ers to coun­selling, real or imag­i­nary, for those that ur­gently need it.

“Sadly the re­sources to pro­vide coun­selling to young adults on the day that they may con­sider seek­ing help are not al­ways avail­able.

“By sup­port­ing the Robert Bent­ley Memo­rial Fund you will be help­ing to pro­vide a ser­vice that fills a gap right now. One hour of coun­selling costs the fund £40. Every do­na­tion, how­ever small, will go to­wards buy­ing pro­fes­sional help for some­one in need.”

The fund had raised more than £1,000 by the time the Ad­ver­tiser went to press.

Visit http://www.robert­bent­ley.org.uk/ for more in­for­ma­tion.

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