Body of suspended assistant chief constable found on railway track after 'suicide'
PUBLISHED October 20, 2012
The body of senior Leicestershire Police officer Gordon Fraser, was discovered afer reports of a man being struck by a train in Aston Magna, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos., just after midday on Friday.
Mr Fraser, 49, was pronounced dead at the scene after he is thought to have jumped in front of the 10.22am London Paddington to Hereford train.
British Transport Police (BTP) said his death, which came ahead of a court appearance on Monday, was not being treated as suspicious. The line was handed back to Network Rail at 1.47pm.
In a joint statement, Leicestershire Police Authority and Leicestershire Police said they were "deeply shocked and saddened" by the death.
They said: "Leicestershire Police Authority and Leicestershire Police are deeply shocked and saddened by the death of Assistant Chief Constable Gordon Fraser and our thoughts are with his family and friends.
"Mr Fraser died following an incident shortly after midday on Friday October 19, when he was struck by a train on a railway line in Aston Magna, Moreton-in-the-Marsh, Gloucestershire.
"British Transport Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and will prepare a file for the coroner. The death is currently being treated as non-suspicious."
They added that he had been offered welfare support during his suspension from the force.
A British Transport Police spokeswoman said: "BTP officers were called to the railway line in Aston Magna, Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestershire, on Friday, 19 October following a report of a man being struck by a train.
"BTP and Gloucestershire Constabulary officers attended the incident, which was reported to BTP at 12.20pm and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.
"Paramedics from Great Western Ambulance Service also attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene."
She added that they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and were preparing a file for the coroner.
He was due to appear at court in St Albans with his wife Teresa, also a serving officer, charged with perverting the course of justice over a speeding incident in Scotland.
That incident was was being investigated by Hertfordshire Constabulary.
It is alleged Mrs Fraser, who has been suspended from West Midlands Police pending the outcome of the investigation, accepted responsibility for a speeding offence committed by her husband in Strathclyde last September.
Mr Fraser had been suspended from duty since December 2010, pending a separate investigation being carried out by Merseyside Police.
Merseyside Police confirmed earlier this year they were investigating Mr Fraser following allegations of misconduct and fraud.
The couple, from Warwickshire, were charged with perverting the course of justice earlier this year after an investigation by Hertfordshire Police on behalf of Leicestershire Police Authority and in consultation with the CPS.
Speaking after the charges were brougt, Baljit Ubhey, chief Crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service, said: "A criminal complaint was made alleging that Mrs Fraser had accepted responsibility for a speeding offence allegedly committed by Mr Fraser on 29 September 2011 in Strathclyde.
"Following an investigation by Hertfordshire Constabulary, a file was forwarded to us to consider whether any criminal charges could be brought against Mr and Mrs Fraser.
"Having carefully considered all of the available evidence, we concluded that there is sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against Mr and Mrs Fraser and therefore, authorised Hertfordshire Constabulary to charge them with doing acts tending to pervert the course of justice."
She added: "The essence of the charge is that Mr Fraser, having allegedly committed a speeding offence, falsely informed the investigating authorities that Mrs Fraser had been the driver of the vehicle in question, and she falsely accepted responsibility for the speeding offence.
"The decision to charge was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors.
Earlier this year a spokesman from West Midlands Police confirmed Mrs Fraser had been suspended from duty, pending the outcome of the court proceedings.
He also confirmed that her husband had worked for the force before moving to Leicestershire Police.
Merseyside Police also confirmed that they were conducting a separate investigation into Mr Fraser following allegations of gross misconduct and fraud.
A spokesman at Merseyside Police said in July: "Merseyside Police can confirm that Chief Constable Jon Murphy is conducting an investigation into a Leicestershire Constabulary officer, two officers from West Midlands Police and a member of the public following allegations of gross misconduct and fraud.
"The investigation is currently ongoing so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time."