Railway death man named

PUBLISHED: 13:48 20 June 2011 | UPDATED: 18:03 20 June 2011

Bleadon rail track

Bleadon rail track


A MAN whose body was found by a railway line on the outskirts of Weston last week has been named.

British Transport Police (BTP) have named the man who was found next to the line at Bleadon Hill on Wednesday as Peter James Mathias, of Upper Church Road, Weston.

Following a post mortem examination this morning, the 54-year-old’s injuries were described as being consistent with having fallen from a great height.

Mr Mathias was discovered after police were called to the scene at 6.12am on Wednesday morning, after a passenger and the driver on board the 5.30am train service from Taunton to Bristol Temple Meads reported seeing the body.

Paramedics from the Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) pronounced him dead at the scene.

Following the post mortem, an inquest was opened and adjourned by a coroner at the Avon Coroner’s Office this afternoon. Mr Mathias’s family have been informed.

BTP Detective Inspector Mick Southerton has urged anyone with information to come forward.

He said: “Our enquiries show that Mr Mathias was last seen at around midday on Monday June 13 in Weston. What we don’t know is where he went or who he saw between that time and his body being discovered on the morning of Wednesday June 15.

“I would urge anyone who saw him, or spoke to him between those times, to come forward as you may be able to assist the investigation.”

Anyone with information should contact the BTP on freefone 0800 405040, quoting incident reference 65 of June 15.

* Did you know Peter Mathias? If so email james.franklin2@archant.co.uk to leave a tribute.

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