Tragic school­girl’s ‘funny and kind’ fa­ther found dead

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The fa­ther of rail tragedy teenager Taiyah Pee­bles has been found dead.

The body of Paul But­ters was dis­cov­ered at an address in Welling­ton Cres­cent, Rams­gate, at the week­end.

It comes a month af­ter his 16-year-old daugh­ter Taiyah died on the tracks at Herne Bay sta­tion. The Can­ter­bury school­girl is thought to have been elec­tro­cuted.

Mr But­ters’ for­mer part­ner and Taiyah’s mum, Hay­ley Pee­bles, of Spenser Road, Herne Bay, said: “We are all com­pletely shocked and sad­dened and feel for his fam­ily, es­pe­cially com­ing so soon af­ter Taiyah’s death.

“I had not seen him for years but he was in­vited to her funeral and would have been wel­comed, but didn’t come.

“It’s dif­fi­cult to know what hap­pened at this stage un­til there’s been a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Mr But­ters, a bar­man and waiter, used to work at the Roost Restau­rant and Bar in Cliftonville.

Post­ing on the busi­ness’s web­site, staff said: “We were ex­tremely sad to learn of the death of our for­mer col­league and friend, Paul, over the week­end. Our thoughts go out to all those af­fected by his death. No one should have to strug­gle alone.”

They are urg­ing sup­port of the men­tal health char­ity MIND and have set up a fundrais­ing ap­peal for the char­ity at mind.org.uk

Mr But­ters’ friend Robin Hy­man said: “Paul was truly a thought­ful, funny, kind and help­ful per­son with such a sen­si­tive soul.

‘He would help any­one. Many a glass will be raised in his hon­our, for sure.”

A po­lice spokesman said of­fi­cers were called to a re­port that a man in his 30s had been found dead at a pri­vate address in Welling­ton Cres­cent at 4.55pm on Sun­day, Au­gust 27.

The cir­cum­stances are not sus­pi­cious and a re­port will be pre­pared for the coro­ner.

More than 300 fam­ily mem­bers and friends at­tended Taiyah’s funeral at Thanet Cre­ma­to­rium on Au­gust 18.

She was a pupil at the Spires Academy and was go­ing on to study art and de­sign at Can­ter­bury Col­lege.

An in­quest into her death is also be­ing planned.

Paul But­ters’ body was found at the week­end

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