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Friends pay tribute to Bradford doorman who was struck by a train near station
A Bradford man, who worked as a doorman in the city for many years, has been killed by a train.
Tributes have poured in for Trevor Hoey, 44, of Wibsey, who died at a railway station near Leeds.
Mr Hoey, a former pupil of Rhodesway School, had been living at Sherburn-in-Elmet, near Leeds, but had spent most of his life in the Bradford district.
A British Transport Police spokesman confirmed yesterday: “BTP officers were called to South Milford rail station on Tuesday, October 16, after a report that a man had been struck by a train.
“The incident was reported to BTP at 3.57pm and is being treated as non-suspicious.
“Yorkshire Ambulance Service medics and North Yorkshire Police also attended but the man, believed to be 44 and from Sherburn, was pronounced dead at the scene.”
The train involved was the 2.42pm Manchester to Hull service and the line was handed back to Network Rail at 5.14pm.
A close friend of Mr Hoey, Kevin Crawford, who knew him for more than 30 years, said: “He was a nice guy who would help anybody, regardless of his own safety. He was intelligent and a good laugh.”
Mr Hoey was well known, working as a builder in Bradford, and then as a doorman at clubs in Bradford and Leeds.
In 2002, Mr Hoey’s mother Jackie. a cleaner, of Allerton, won £2.8million on the National Lottery. But in August 2001, Mr Hoey was badly injured when he was attacked outside a takeaway restaurant in Odsal by former champion boxer Frank Grant, who was jailed for four years after biting off part of Mr Hoey’s ear and attacking him while he was on the ground.
The court was told that after the attack he had been unable to work, developed a stammer and suffered psychological problems.
Mr Crawford said: “He was getting nightmares afterwards.”
“He was always full of life, but he wasn’t the same person in the last couple of years.
“His death is a terrible shock.”
Another friend, Carl Dalton, said Mr Hoey was “an awesome rugby player, brilliant sprinter and great footballer”.
Mr Hoey leaves his parents, and a brother and sister, Darren and Adele.