The family of missing TV presenter Mark Speight are set to identify the body of a man found at London's Paddington station yesterday.

British Transport police (BTP) officers responded to reports at around 10:00 BST yesterday morning that a man's body had been found in a remote area of the railway station in the centre of the city.

Mr Speight was last seen boarding a London Underground train on the Bakerloo line at Queen's Park station in the north-west of the capital. The Bakerloo line is one of several that serve Paddington station - one of the busiest in the city.

Police said the circumstances surrounding the man's death were subject to an ongoing investigation but confirmed he had not been hit by a train and that the death was currently being treated as "unexplained".

The BTP statement added: "Officers believe the deceased to be that of reported missing person, 42-year-old Mark Speight."

On April 7th - the day he disappeared - the former SMart presenter was supposed to have been meeting the mother of his former fiancée Natasha Collins, who died at the couple's flat in January.

Mr Speight was said to have been in a fragile state following Ms Collins' death, which a post mortem revealed was caused by an overdose of cocaine, sleeping pills and alcohol.

She was discovered in a bath tub suffering from burns on 60 per cent of her body.


14/04/2008 07:52:58