‘Nice guy’ who died in Sowerby Bridge rail tragedy named by shocked neighbours

The man who died in a Sowerby Bridge railway incident has been named as 52-year-old Paul Roper.

On Friday police said a person had been found dead on a railway line not far from his home on Crestfield Drive, Sowerby Bridge, Halifax. Officers were called to a stretch of the tracksat 7am on March 31. British Transport Police were responding to reports of a casualty.

Today, (Monday), a shocked neighbour described him as a librarian at Leeds University who kept himself to himself. He said: “I saw him only the other morning putting his bins out and also keeping the front of his garden up to scratch. He had a long-term partner.

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“He would be up every morning at 5.30am to get to work. I didn’t know him well but he was a nice guy who enjoyed playing his guitar and loved his music. He also had a cat which is being looked after.”

There are no suspicious circumstances and a file has been passed to the coroner’s office in Bradford. An inquest into his death will be opened at Bradford Coroner’s Court in due course.

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