Cricketer killed in train collision
Surrey county cricketer Tom Maynard has died after he was hit by a train in the early hours of Monday morning.
The 23-year-old, who was widely tipped as a future England international, was struck near Wimbledon Park station on the London Underground District Line shortly after 5am.
The Cardiff-born cricketer was the son of former England and Glamorgan batsman Matthew Maynard.
British Transport Police said: "The incident was reported to BTP at 5.03am and is currently being treated as non-suspicious. A file will be prepared for the coroner." London Ambulance Service medics were called but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Surrey County Cricket Club described the batsman as "incredibly talented", adding: "He had impressed in all forms of the game, scoring a maiden first-class hundred in Cardiff last year, playing a key role in Surrey's victory in the Clydesdale Bank 40 and earning selection for the England Lions.
"His future potential was unlimited, with experts both inside and outside the club predicting he would soon follow in the footsteps of his father Matthew by graduating to full England honours. As a mark of respect to Tom, Surrey's Friends Life t20 game against the Hampshire Royals at the Kia Oval that was scheduled for this Wednesday has been postponed."
Surrey chairman Richard Thompson said: "Our thoughts at this awful time are with Tom's family and friends and all those that were close to him. Tom Maynard was a prodigiously talented young batsman who had made an incredible start to his career and was clearly destined for far greater things. The impact Tom made in such a short period of time for Surrey CCC spoke for itself. There is a profound sense of loss at the passing of Tom. To lose anybody at such a young age is an utterly senseless tragedy."
It is thought Maynard may have been trying to escape police shortly before his death. Officers tried to pull over a black Mercedes, which was being driven "erratically", an hour before Maynard's body was found on the tracks.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "At approx 4.15am on Monday, 18 June, officers stopped a vehicle after it was seen being driven erratically in Arthur Road, SW19. The male driver of the vehicle - a black Mercedes C250 - made off on foot. Officers were unable to locate the man. At approx 5.10am the body of a man fitting the same description was found on tracks near Wimbledon Park station." The force added that it was still trying to identify the man found on the tracks and that the Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Police Complaints Commission have been informed.
England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke paid tribute to Maynard, saying: "This is a very sad day for everyone connected with Surrey County Cricket Club and for Glamorgan County Cricket Club where Tom spent the early part of his career. Tom was a player of enormous potential who had already represented England Lions and had an exciting future ahead of him. Our hearts go out to the Maynard family for their tragic loss and we send them and all Tom's many friends and colleagues within the game our deepest sympathies."