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Tributes to dad in Accrington Viaduct fall tragedy

Kieron Taylor – known as Drew – was discovered just before 7am on the King Street car park under the viaduct. Police are not treating the death of the 43-year-old, who lived on Sprucewood Close, Accrington, as suspicious.

FALL: Kieron ‘Drew’ Taylor

Tributes have been paid to a dad-of-two who died after falling from a railway bridge in Accrington.

Kieron Taylor – known as Drew – was discovered just before 7am last Friday on the King Street car park under the viaduct.

Police are not treating the death of the 43-year-old, who lived on Sprucewood Close, Accrington, as suspicious.

Drew’s family told the Observer: "A lot of people, his friends and also his family, are very shocked and upset. Drew was a lovely man, a very good dad who looked after his family. Nobody can believe this has happened."

He leaves his wife Ruth, two daughters, mother-in-law Pat, father-in-law Gareth and his side of the family.

The former Hollins High School pupil loved building model railways, taking his children swimming at Pioneer 79 Swimming Club and he was a fan of Formula 1. He worked as an upholsterer at local firm Urbana.

Drew’s neighbours Craig and Freda Wilkinson, said they were ‘numbed’ by the news.

Freda, 66, said: "He had a lovely wife and two young girls. It’s such a shock and a shame. He was still a young man, a nice man."

Craig, 67, added: "We were just stunned and couldn’t believe it when we heard what had happened. The last time I saw him was last Thursday night – it’s terrible."

Drew’s family all attend St Paul’s Church on Plantation Street, Accrington.

A post mortem examination was held on Tuesday and an inquest has now been opened and adjourned. Police received a call from the ambulance service at about 6.50am on Friday, February 3 saying a man had fallen from a railway bridge.

Officers cordoned off the area while they investigated the incident. British Transport Police said trains hadn’t been delayed.

Drew’s funeral will be held on Wednesday, February 15 at 2pm at St Paul’s Church in Accrington, followed by cremation at Accrington Crematorium.

 
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