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Parents pay tribute to ‘wonderful boy’ who died after being struck by train

'We were proud that in today’s world we could raise somebody like him. It’s a big loss for us but also a loss to humanity.'

20 November, 2016 — By Koos Couvée

Malvyn Fairclough, loved by everyone

PARENTS have paid tribute to their “wonderful” son who died when he was struck by a train at Finsbury Park station last week.

Malvyn Fairclough, 23, a science graduate from University College London who was due to start a new job in January, died just after 2pm last Tuesday. Medics from London Ambulance Service and London Air Ambulance were unable to save him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Speaking from their home in Brussels, Mr Fairclough’s parents, who did not wish to be named, told the Tribune yesterday (Thursday): “Malvyn was a wonderful boy. He was fantastic. He was brilliant, clever and a loving child. He was respectful, open-minded and loved by everybody.

“We were proud that in today’s world we could raise somebody like him. It’s a big loss for us but also a loss to humanity. He was a blessing in our lives.”

Mr Fairclough, whose bio on social media website Instagram read: “A bird can lie to anyone, except to the branch on which it is perched”, was living in Kerridge Court, in Balls Pond Road, on Islington’s border with Dalston.

He completed a masters degree in drug discovery and pharmaceutical management at UCL last year with distinction, and had recently worked on clinical trials.

On Facebook, Cecile Angela, a friend, wrote: “I keep this picture of you like this boy optimistic, helpful with this scientific humour. I’m so happy to have known you. Today, our team is separated but know that I will never forget you.”

She added that she would like 30 seconds to “scream how much I love you and thank you for everything you’ve done for me, the way you were present as well as what you brought me.

“Rest in peace, Malvyn Fairclough. Have fun up there.”

Another friend, Mary Williams, posted a picture of a happy Malvyn pulling faces at a party, surrounded by friends, adding: “Wonderful friend, wonderful times and what a wonderful man.”

Police are treating the death as non-suspicious. An inquest date has been set for March next year.

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