Tributes have been paid to a student from a Welsh university who was fatally electrocuted to death ‘train surfing’ with a friend in London.
Wales Online reported “Patrick Bolster, who was 26, was a final-year student at Aberystwyth University, where he was studying countryside management and conservation.
It’s understood that he was on top of a moving train that was travelling between Hackney Wick and Stratford when he was electrocuted after coming into contact with over-head power lines during the early hours of Thursday, March 21.
According to Essex Live , Mr Bolster’s body was found later that day along with that of his 27-year-old friend Benjamin Haddon-Cave, the brother of English film star Jessie Cave, who starred in three Harry Potter films and Pride.
Aberystwyth University has described Mr Bolster, originally from Cork in Ireland, as a “thoughtful, engaging student”.
In a statement, the university said: “With his good sense of humour and positive outlook on life, Paddy was always happy to help and support others.
“He made many valuable contributions to his course. He is sorely missed on campus.”
A fundraising page has been set up to raise money for a trust that helped to bring Mr Bolster’s body back to his family home in Cork.
A statement on the page reads: “When Paddy died suddenly in London, we had no idea how to bring him back home. The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust were so amazingly kind and compassionate in helping us, we want to be able to help them continue to help others.
“We can never repay all they did for us, but we can at least raise them some funds. On June 2, Paddy’s Aunt, Eve, will run the Cork City Half-Marathon and Paddy’s Uncle, Adam, will run the Cork City Full-Marathon in memory of Paddy and in aid of the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.
“Paddy was a lover of literature. He will be sorely missed by his parents, his grandparents, is adoring aunts and uncles. He will be especially missed by his sister and brothers, whom he adored.
“Loved by everyone he met, Patrick is a tremendous loss to all his friends from around the world.”
Mr Haddon-Cave’s family have paid tribute to their son Benjamin, who worked as a music producer.
“He was our beloved son and brother and we are completely devastated,” the family said in a statement published in the Evening Standard.
“He was an incredibly kind and talented music producer, writer and actor.
“He was the middle son of five and we are all utterly heartbroken. His long-standing girlfriend is similarly bereft.”
Mr Haddon-Cave’s sister Jessie Cave portrayed Lavender Brown in the film series Harry Potter.
British Transport Police (BTP) is investigating the fatal incident and say they don’t believe that graffiti had anything to do with the tragic deaths of the two men.
Detective Sergeant David Taylor from BTP said: “Our thoughts are with both families as they come to terms with this devastating news, we will of course provide them with as much support as possible.
“This is a fast paced enquiry and officers have been working throughout the night to understand exactly what happened” here.