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Friday, October 8, 1999 Published at 16:53 GMT 17:53 UK


Inquest names crash victims

Emergency teams carry a body from the wreckage

The two drivers who died in the Paddington train crash have been named at the opening of an inquest into the deaths of the first 11 victims.

Brian Cooper, 52, a grandfather and father of three, from Hayes, west London, was the driver of the Intercity train.

He was identified from his clothing and documents on Thursday, Westminster Coroner's Court heard.

His family described him on Friday as "a real gentleman, a kind and loving family man".

The Thames train driver, Michael Hodder, 31, a father of two from Reading, Berks, was also officially named as one of the dead. He was identified by his dental records.

He had been returning home for his son's birthday.

Mo Mowlam aide

Coroner Dr Paul Knapman was also told the identities of a further eight men and one woman during the 15-minute hearing, identified by dental records or possessions such as wedding rings and photographs.

    They were:

  • Anthony Clifford Beeton, 47 and married, a civil servant with the Northern Ireland Office who had helped draft the Good Friday Agreement. He created the new human rights and equality commission in the province.

  • Matthew Macaulay, 26, an information technician from New Zealand living in Clapham, south London, identified by a tattoo on his back. He was to celebrate his birthday on Sunday.

  • Simon Edward Wood, 40, a project worker for a charity working with homeless children, of Liss, Hampshire.

  • Plasterer Delroy Oliver Manning, 39, born in Jamaica, of Lewisham, south east London, whose first child was born two months ago.

  • John Raisin, 61, of Painswick, Gloucestershire, a married recruitment consultant.

  • Roger Stanley Brown, 44, of Isle of Dogs, East London, a software engineer.

  • Information technology worker Elaine Clair Kellow, 24, born in Venezuela, of Paddington, west London, identified by a distinctive leg support.

  • Statistician Shaun Donoghue, 45, of New Cross, south east London.

  • Caretaker Robert Cotton, 41, of Rednock School, Dursley, Gloucestershire, who worked as a local councillor. He was travelling to London for a national executive meeting of trade union Unison.

More bodies

Det Insp James Dickie of the central London major investigation team, confirmed 30 bodies had been received at the mortuary.

"We anticipate as the coaches are moved we might find other bodies," he told the court.

In closing the hearing, Dr Knapman said he wanted to thank those who had worked tirelessly on the investigation.

"My sympathy and that of those involved goes out to the relatives. We are all very well aware of the need for information by relatives as soon as possible," he added.

He said the inquest would be formally adjourned until Wednesday 27 October when matters would be reviewed.

But the hearing would probably re-open each Wednesday as further identifications were made, he said.

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