Tributes to 19-year-old killed by train at Harold Wood Station

Tributes have been pouring in for a 19-year-old who died after being hit by a train at Harold Wood Station.

Joe Shaw, from Romford, was struck by the train travelling from Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria, at 1.18pm, on Tuesday March 6.

London Ambulance crews attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Since then, tributes have poured in for the former Redden Court School student.

Paul Ward, headteacher of the school, in Cotswold Road, Harold Wood, said: “Our whole school community was shocked and stunned to hear the sad news about Joe.


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“We have many happy memories of Joe’s bubbly personality and his good sense of humour, which won him many friends.

“My staff have been remembering the bright, committed student who loved science and art, and lived life to the full.”

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A Facebook tribute page has been set up, with family and friends posting emotional tributes.

One read: “I cannot believe that you have passed away Joe. Literally in so much shock it’s unreal.”

Another wrote: “Rest in peace Joe, I will always remember you, mate.”

Joe was a keen racing car driver and took part in a number of motor events at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent.

He helped set up a group for enthusiastic racers called Sports Merchant, with his dad Malcolm.

Their website states that he was the “most important team member and the whole reason for the group’s existence”.

A message on Joe’s tribute page from his cousin, Will Shaw, read: “I wish I could have seen more of you and even seen you race once.

“What I do know is that every time I saw you, you made the whole room laugh.

“I hope you have found the peace that you deserve more than any of us.”

His death is being treated as non-suspicious and a file has been prepared for the coroner.

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