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Asians wanted as Indian gets killed by train

Police is searching for two men in connection with India-born Julius Lawrence's death by a train, reports Nabanita Sircar.
PTI | By Nabanita Sircar, London
PUBLISHED ON APR 14, 2004 02:10 PM IST

Two men believed to be of Asian origin are being sought by police in connection with the death of India-born Julius Lawrence who was killed by a train.

Police is keen to question the two men, who were reportedly seen on a platform at Southall train station shortly before Lawrence, 53, of Southall, was killed by a train travelling at 90mph.

Detective Chief Inspector Michael Southerton, from British Transport Police, said: "This is an unexplained death. There is nothing to suggest anything criminal at this stage, but we urgently need to trace the two men who were on the same platform as the deceased."

Lawrence was killed on the evening of December 23 by the Paddington to Oxford train which was travelling at 90mph as it ran through platform one, a platform not usually used for stopping trains. The driver suddenly saw a man crouched down on the track ten feet in front of him, but had no time to brake.

The driver saw the two other men on the platform and later that evening an anonymous phone call also tipped police off to the presence of two men.

The anonymous caller, believed to be a young Asian man, said he had witnessed the incident. He said he saw two men and described them to be of Asian origin. One was reportedly aged 30 to 35 years, 5ft 10ins tall, wearing a cream cap. The second was 6ft 2ins tall, wearing a cream top possibly with a hood.

The police also wants to talk to the anonymous caller. DCI Southerton said: "He provided us with a description of how the deceased rolled off the platform into the path of the oncoming train, but we need to speak to him further."

British Transport Police have released CCTV stills showing two men at Southall, in the hope that the public would help in their identification.

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