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Tribute on Newport Cenotaph for Woolwich soldier

A floral tribute on Newport's Cenotaph in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby Credit: ITV News
A floral tribute on Newport's Cenotaph in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby Credit: ITV News
The message of condolence on Newport's Cenotaph Credit: ITV News

A floral tribute has been laid on Newport's Cenotaph in memory of Drummer Lee Rigby. The 25-year-old was killed yesterday in an attack in Woolwich, London. You can read the latest on the story on the ITV News national site

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Inquest returns verdict of accidental death

Tom Maynard 1989 - 2012 Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

An inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court has returned a verdict of accidental death in the case of Cardiff-born cricketer Tom Maynard.

Maynard, who had been widely tipped as a future England international, was found dead near Wimbledon Park station on the London Underground District line shortly after 5am on Monday June 18 last year.

The inquest heard he was struck by a train as he attempted to flee police after driving while on a cocktail of drink and drugs.

The 23-year-old Surrey batsman suffered multiple injuries caused by the impact of the train and from touching a live electric railway line, Westminster Coroner's Court heard.

He was stopped by police less than an hour before his death when his black Mercedes was seen driving erratically but the sports star fled the vehicle.

A post-mortem examination showed he was nearly four times the legal limit to drive and had also taken cocaine and ecstasy in the form of MDMA after a night out with two team-mates.

Tests on hair samples indicted Mr Maynard may have been a daily user of drugs in the three and a half months before his death, the inquest heard.

Professional Cricketers' Association statement

We, along with Surrey CCC, Glamorgan CCC and the ECB have supported everyone impacted both directly and indirectly by Tom's death, collectively with bereavement counselling, and individually where necessary.

Amongst the headlines which will inevitably be generated by the inquest findings, consideration must now be given to the Maynard family who are experiencing a further wave of tragedy. We must all now move forward and remember Tom as a tremendously talented young man who had so much to look forward to. We must focus on building a positive legacy in his memory.

– Angus Porter, PCA Chief Executive
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