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Girl, 16, Took Own Life On Railway Track After Breakdown Of A Relationship

• Lucy was pronounced dead at the scene at Sturry railway station

A schoolgirl tragically took her own life at a railway station in front of a friend who’d rushed to her aid, an inquest heard.

A coroner heard Lucy Fagg, 16, told her mum she was going to the supermarket in Kent, to buy fruit on March 6.

However, she instead headed to the station where she died after being hit by a train.

The inquest at Maidstone County Hall, in Kent, heard Lucy, who was studying for her GCSEs, was feeling “a little bit down” after having to sit an exam in a separate room to her classmates.

It was also discovered she had been subjected to some name-calling after the breakdown of a relationship.

After school, Lucy, from Canterbury, had gone for a meal with a friend to “cheer her up” before catching a bus home.

Her friend told how Lucy had “skipped off, blowing kisses to him as she got off the bus” and returned home, before telling her mum she was going to the supermarket.

Rebecca Saunders, who led the investigation by British Transport Police, told the inquest that during that time Lucy received a social media message which had left her upset, telling another friend she was “done”.

Deeply concerned, her friend rushed with her own mum to Sturry railway station, knowing Lucy had been there on a previous occasion with the intention of harming herself.

However, they were stuck on the wrong side of the crossing barriers as a train approached, and frantically tried to get the attention of others at the station to alert them to Lucy, who was on the platform.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Lucy, a keen angler, with her father Stuart

Lucy’s aunt later found an eight-page letter in her bedroom, dated five days before her death and containing messages for family, friends and teachers indicating she no longer wanted to live.

Recording a conclusion of suicide, coroner Catherine Wood said it was clear Lucy’s intention was to end her life.

Lucy’s devastated family paid tribute to the sporty and ambitious Spires Academy pupil, who dreamed of becoming a zookeeper.

Lucy’s older sister, Sophie, 19, remembered her as a “beautiful young woman”.

“She was the sweetest, most kind-hearted girl in the world; the most innocent and lovely girl you could have met,” she said. “She was so beautiful and had a truly wonderful soul.

“Lucy did anything she could for anyone. She was an amazing sister.

“She was always giggling, that amazing little giggle that I yearn to hear once more.”

Her mum, Tammy, 43, described their much-loved girl as an all-rounder who “achieved everything she set her mind to”.

“There was no failing in Lucy’s book,” she said. “Once she achieved something, that was that, next project.

“It was like a little bucket list – ‘I wanted to do that, done it, I wanted to do that, done it’. She had to give things the best she had.

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“There’s not a sport she wasn’t good at – diving, fishing, long jump, gymnastics.”

As a life-long animal lover, Lucy had a treasured pet chihuahua, Rosie, and a budgie named Kiwi, which she taught to speak.

She had been offered a place at college to work with animals after finishing her GCSEs.

Lucy was also an avid Liverpool fan who “would never miss a game for anything”, and a talented angler, who regularly spent weekends fishing with her dad at Chartham and District Angling Society.


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