Woman killed by train at Northwick Park Station weeks after previous suicide attempt

PUBLISHED: 11:54 18 June 2015 | UPDATED: 11:54 18 June 2015

Louise Fletcher died at Northwick Park Station (Pic credit: Google streetview)

Louise Fletcher died at Northwick Park Station (Pic credit: Google streetview)


A woman known to the police as a suicide risk died when she threw herself under a train at Northwick Park Station after no one had spotted her, an inquest heard.

Louise Fletcher, 47, who had a history of alcoholism and mental health issues, was killed after climbing down on to the tracks on November 15 last year.

West London Coroners Court heard weeks before she was spotted at the same station threatening to jump but was talked around.

As a result British Transport Police drew up a suicide prevention plan with her image, address and contact details for her support workers in case she was spotted at the station.

The document was passed to her GP, as well as police and railway workers in her area, but tragically no one spotted her on the day of her death.

Scot Turbritt, a commuter who witnessed the tragedy, said in a statement: “She jumped down onto the tracks and got into a kneeling position.

“Whilst on the tracks she made no attempted to move out of the way of the train, in my opinion it was deliberate rather than an accident.”

A neighbour said she had heard Ms Fletcher threatening to kill herself earlier in the day, but hadn’t thought anything of it ‘because she was always saying that’.

Dr Karim Dar, head of addiction services at Central and North West London Foundation Trust, told the inquest Ms Fletcher had been having daily appointments with Ealing Community Rehab team.

Following her death, he said a review had been undertaken into communication between mental health and addiction teams.

Recording that Ms Fletcher took her own life, Coroner Dr Chinyere Inyama ordered a further report into the steps the trust had taken to improve communication between addiction and mental health services.

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