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20 June 2010 :: 14:06:08 pm 26133

British MP Throws Himself on Train Tracks in Failed Suicide

A British Tory MP has miraculously survived a suicide attempt after throwing himself in front of a rush hour train at London’s Victoria Station last week.
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London, the 18th of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Former shadow minister for Policing, Mr. David Ruffley [48] narrowly avoided death on several fronts last week when he threw himself in front of packed commuter train as it approached the Victoria Station in London.

Mr Ruffley jumped in front of the Gatwick Express during rush hour on Thursday in a suspected suicide attempt. However, fortunately the packed train passed over the top of him whilst he also narrowly missed touching the live rail line nearby. He was pulled back onto the platform by emergency workers after the train had been made to reverse.

British Transport Police have treated the incident as “non-suspicious,” ruling out the possibility of an accident or attempted murder. Video evidence and eye witness accounts state that Mr. Ruffley had willingly jumped onto the tracks as the train approached the station.

“One minute he was standing on the platform and then jumped in front of a train as it was pulling into the station. He missed death by a few inches and landed just away from the live electric rail,” stated an unnamed witness. “It was not believed to be an accident. Witnesses said he deliberately tried to jump in front of the train. At this stage it appears to have been a half-hearted attempt to kill himself,” revealed a spokesman for the Transport Police.

Mr Ruffley has been a Tory MP for Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, since 1997. He was shadow minister for Policing until last month’s General Election, but may have been depressed following his omission from the cabinet in the confusing aftermath to the hung election. He has also worked as a special adviser to Kenneth Clarke in the early to mid-1990s, when he was Education Secretary, Home Secretary and then Chancellor.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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