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Man killed on railway line named as New Forest club footballer

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Patrick Norum played for Lyndhurst FC
Patrick Norum played for Lyndhurst FC

A MAN who was killed after being hit by a train on the New Forest railway line has been named as Lyndhurst footballer Patrick Norum.

An inquest opened at Winchester Coroner’s Court heard Mr Norum, of Romsey Road, died next to a former level crossing, off Ashurst Bridge Road, Totton, on Tuesday 16 July.

A post-mortem examination concluded he suffered multiple injuries.

The 30-year-old played for Lyndhurst Football Club, based in Wellands Road, which paid tribute to him on social media.

A post on its Facebook page said: “Such sad news for the club, RIP Paddy you will be missed from all new and old players of Lyndhurst FC.”

One user commented: “Absolutely gutted to hear this!

“Your personality was infectious and I know for a fact everyone at the club is in absolute bits about the news... you won’t be forgotten mate!”

On Saturday, a tweet by the club dedicated to Mr Norum its home victory that day in a pre-season match against Pewsey Vale Football Club.

It said: “This was also our first home game since the devastating news of the passing of one of our own, Patrick ‘Paddy’ Norum.

“That one’s for you, Paddy. Rest in peace. #OneOfOurOwn.”

Patrick Norum died on the rails at Foxhills, near Ashurst train station
Patrick Norum died on the rails at Foxhills, near Ashurst train station

As reported in the A&T, on the day of Mr Norum’s death paramedics responded to a call-out shortly before midday, along with British Transport Police, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The route was shut down between Brockenhurst and Southampton for a few hours after the power was switched off to allow emergency crews to deal with the incident.

Lyndhurst FC are current Hampshire Premier League Division 1 champions. The club’s reserve team plays in the Wyvern combination league.

A full inquest into Mr Norum’s death is due to take place in Winchester on 3 December.

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