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Train stabbing accused in court
The train at Oxenholme station
The train was travelling from Glasgow to Paignton in Devon
A 21-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a student on a train in Cumbria.

Thomas Grant, 19, from Gloucestershire, was stabbed to death on a train as it travelled from Glasgow to Paignton in Devon on Saturday.

Thomas Lee Wood, of Skelmersdale in Lancashire, was remanded in custody until June, when he appeared before magistrates in Kendal on Monday.

Mr Grant suffered stab wounds to the chest and died at the scene.

No plea was entered and no application for bail was made.

Memorial service

Mr Wood will reappear at Carlisle Crown Court on 7 June for a preliminary hearing.

Mr Grant was a first-year history student at the University of St Andrews in Fife and had graduated from Oakham School in Rutland.

He had just completed his exams and was travelling to his home in Churchdown, Gloucestershire, when he was stabbed.

He was a member of the Tayforth Universities Officer Training Corps and a resident of Andrew Melville Hall.

A university spokesman said its chaplaincy was in contact with Mr Grant's family and support was being offered to his friends and fellow students at St Andrews.

He said a memorial service would be held later this year.


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