Son of 'Glam Vicar' was killed after being hit by 125mph train

Autistic teenage son, 17, of female minister known as the ‘Glam Vicar’ was killed when he was hit by a train after leaving suicide note saying he was ‘falling down a horrible spiral of negativity’, inquest hears

  • Leo Toze, 17, died after being hit by train travelling at 125mph in Bedfordshire 
  • He had left behind a suicide note warning of his ‘horrible spiral of negativity’ 
  • ‘Exceptionally clever’ teenager was due to study Maths at Warwick University

The suicidal son of a female minister known as the ‘Glam Vicar’ was killed when he was hit by a train after leaving a suicide note warning he was ‘falling down a horrible spiral of negativity’, an inquest has heard.

Leo Toze, 17, was suffering with depression when he died on the tracks near Biggleswade railway station in Bedfordshire in September 2021.

He was the son of Sharon Grenham-Thompson, an Anglican minister, radio presenter and author based in Milton Keynes known as the ‘Glam Vicar’.

Leo was killed at the Holme Green pedestrian crossing when a northbound train travelling at around 125mph sounded its horn as the teenager approached the track and dropped to the floor, the Ampthill inquest heard today.

Leo Toze, 17, was suffering with depression when he died after being hit by a train travelling at 125mph in Bedfordshire. He is pictured with his mother Sharon Grenham-Thompson, an Anglican minister known as the ‘Glam Vicar’

Coroner Dr Sean Cummings said Leo died at around 2pm on Friday 3rd September 2021 at the Holme Green pedestrian crossing at Langford near Biggleswade.

The teenager, who had been diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder, was identified by his fingerprints.

In a family statement read to the inquest Leo, who lived in The Wixams, near Bedford, was described as ‘exceptionally clever.’ He was due to study Maths at Warwick University and had been studying Maths, Further Maths and French.

He loved trains and knew all there was about the rail network. He was also involved at North Crawley village cricket club where he was a volunteer and scorer.

His family described him as: ‘So very precious, gentle, sensitive, caring, witty and funny.’

Leo was killed near Biggleswade railway station in Bedfordshire (pictured above) when a northbound train travelling at around 125mph sounded its horn as the teenager approached the track and dropped to the floor

The last year of his life was not peaceful because he became ‘entangled in anxiety’, his family said.

On the Monday before he died Bedfordshire police carried out a welfare check on Leo as some of his online friends were concerned about posts he had made. A suicide note was found on his computer after his death.

In a note found on his computer he wrote: ‘I have been falling down a horrible spiral of negativity for five or six years.’

The inquest is due to last three days.

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