Hailsham man in train fall tragedy

Police have named the man who died when he fell and was hit by a train as it pulled into Polegate Station at the weekend.

He was Nicholas John Grove who lived with his family at The Stringwalk.

Forty-seven-year-old Mr Grove is believed to have fallen onto the line and was struck by the 8.33am Ashford to Brighton service at around 9.55am as it pulled into the station.

British Transport Police and Sussex Police both say his death is not being treated as suspicious and they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the accident.

Emergency services rushed to the station after the incident and the station was closed.

The lines between Lewes and Eastbourne were also closed for around an hour and a half and throughout the closure, rail replacement bus services were provided to ferry passengers between railway stations.

Commuters already heading in and out of Eastbourne on London and Brighton services faced delays of up to 90 minutes and other services in the area were also delayed.

A spokesperson for British Transport Police said its officers were called along with detectives from Sussex Police and paramedics.

“Medics from the South East Coast Ambulance Service attended, but the man, believed to be 47 and from Hailsham, was pronounced dead at the scene,” said the spokesperson.

“The man’s family have been informed and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

“The incident is being treated as non-suspicious.”