Police to view CCTV following Speight death

CCTV evidence could hold the key to the last movements of children’s TV presenter Mark Speight.

The body of the 42-year-old was found hanging in a building adjacent to Paddington railway station, police have confirmed.

Officers are investigating how Speight managed to access the partially-disused office block and apparently take his life.

Investigators are studying CCTV footage recorded at the London station last Monday when Speight was last seen alive.

Friends said he was left reeling by the death of fiancee Natasha Collins in January. He moved in with her mother, who reported him missing last Monday after he failed to meet her.

Speight was spotted at Queen’s Park Tube Station in north west London – four stops from Paddington – later that day.

Several days earlier a coroner recorded a verdict of death by misadventure after an inquest heard how Miss Collins was found dead in the bath.

She’d taken cocaine and sleeping tablets and suffered hot water burns after the couple spent the night ‘partying’.

Speight was initially arrested on suspicion of murder and supplying class A drugs but no charges were brought.

British Transport Police (BTP) said railway workers found the body on the roof of MacMillan House at about 10am on Sunday. According to company records, the office block is used by several railway and bus transport firms.

A BTP spokeswoman said the body was in ‘a remote area out of public view’ of the building.

A post-mortem will take place today Monday or Tuesday. An inquest is expected to be opened and adjourned on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Speight’s colleagues have been paying tribute to the presenter.

Kirsten O’Brien, Speight’s co-host on the BBC children’s show SMart, decribed him as ‘without doubt the funniest man I’ve ever known’.

She added: “As a friend, Mark was gifted with making people laugh, he lifted your spirits, and his sense of the ridiculous was a delight.

“Mark could find light in the darkest situations for others. I’m only sorry he couldn’t find it for himself.”

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