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Bid to solve 34-year-old mystery of Tube death

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 August 2010 | UPDATED: 11:09 14 October 2010

POLICE are trying to solve the mystery of a man who died when struck by a train at Arsenal Underground station 34 years ago.

POLICE are trying to solve the mystery of a man who died when struck by a train at Arsenal Underground station 34 years ago.

The victim is one of 20 artist's impressions released as part of a review of unidentified fatalities on Britain's railways.

The man died after he was hit by a train on April 20, 1976. He was white, 40 to 45 years old, approximately 5ft 7ins tall with light brown receding hair.

Apart from his lower front teeth, his teeth were false and he was wearing a green check Harris tweed type jacket, green tweed type trousers, a pale pink shirt and brown shoes.

He features among artist's drawings of dead people found on or near Britain's rail and Tube network since the mid-70s, but who remain unidentified.

There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding any of the deaths. Detective Chief Superintendent Miles Flood, of British Transport Police, said: "All these fatalities were fully investigated at the time and all clues followed up to try to establish an identity, but without success. We are now taking another look to see if there is any more we can do.

"Most of these cases are from the greater London area, where people can often be quite isolated and transient. Some of these people may have had an itinerant lifestyle, but it is likely that there are still relatives or friends who may recognise them and thought they had simply moved away."

The review is the first in a line of similar reviews the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) is conducting with other forces across the country.

NPIA chief executive Chief Constable Peter Neyroud said: "There are around 1,000 cases of unidentified bodies across the country, dating back more than 50 years. Behind every case will be a family or friend who perhaps wants to know what happened to their loved one or bring closure to a mystery."

The drawings have been made by Leeds-based police facial imaging specialist Sharon McDonagh. She is one of only a handful of accredited police artists on the NPIA's specialist database.

She said: "What I try to do is to recreate what the person would have looked like alive, to breathe life back into them if you like. The source material is a mortuary photograph, but these interpretations highlight certain characteristics which people who knew the person will hopefully instantly recognise."

Anyone with any information about the man found at Arsenal station in 1976 is asked to call British Transport Police on 0121 634 5613 quoting the drawing reference number (Ref 03).


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