‘We need to know how our son died’ say Hatfield parents

PUBLISHED: 10:28 06 October 2014 | UPDATED: 10:28 06 October 2014

Jamie McVeigh with his nephew Cooper shortly before his death

Jamie McVeigh with his nephew Cooper shortly before his death


The traumatised parents of a Hatfield teenager are trying to solve the mystery of his death after an inconclusive inquest.

Coroner Elizabeth Grief recorded that popular footballer Jamie McVeigh, 19, of Cloverland, died on March 19 after climbing a boundary fence.

The tragedy happened on the railway between Oxlease Bridge and Hatfield station.

The narrative verdict said: “He was struck at high speed by an oncoming train travelling south to north, causing injuries incompatible with life.

“His movements on the day in question are unaccounted for. There is no CCTV or witness evidence save for the train driver.

“He had given no suggestion he intended to take his own life and had not exhibited any significant change to his emotional presentation in the period leading up to this event.

“The evidence is insufficient to conclude that he formed any clear intention to take his own life.”

Jamie’s parents Steve and Nicola McVeigh told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “As a family we are still deeply traumatised by Jamie’s sudden and tragic death. He was the perfect son and brother, with many friends.

“He was fit, clean living and dedicated to his football team [Hatfield Social].

“We are still very much in the dark of Jamie’s movements that morning, and would welcome any further information regarding this.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all family, friends and the Hatfield community for their heartfelt care and support.”

Anyone with information can call them on 07774038811.

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