College shock as young vet killed in ‘tragic accident’

PUBLISHED: 07:41 18 May 2013 | UPDATED: 07:41 18 May 2013

Benjamin Ingledew

Benjamin Ingledew


A COLLEGE has been left “deeply saddened” after the sudden death of a 22-year-old student.

Benjamin Ingledew was killed after he was struck by a train on May 5 in Potters Bar, leaving the staff and fellow students at the Royal Veterinary College reeling.

Professor David Church, vice-principal at the college, said: “We are deeply saddened by the events of last weekend, where a young man with a hugely promising career in veterinary science and their whole life in front them has been tragically taken from us.

“Everyone at the [college] is devastated by this tragic accident”

The college, which has a campus in Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, organised a memorial to Benjamin, who lived in Potters Bar.

Staff and students at the North Mymms site, and at the college’s campus in Camden, held a minute’s silence last Tuesday, followed by a reception in Camden.

A message of condolence was also posted on the college’s Facebook page, announcing his death.

Benjamin was struck by the Cambridge to London King’s Cross train shortly after 12.20am, roughly half-a-mile north of Potters Bar’s railway station.

British Transport Police (BTP) is investigating the death, which also saw Herts Police and paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service called.

A BTP spokesman said: “I can confirm that the man who died at Potters Bar rail station on Sunday, 5 May has been formally identified as 22-year-old Benjamin Ingledew from Potters Bar.

“BTP officers and East of England Ambulance Service medics were called to the incident, which was reported to BTP at 12.44am.

“The incident is currently being treated as non-suspicious. An inquest into Mr Ingledew’s death has been opened and adjourned and officers are preparing a file for the coroner.”

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