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A body found at Paddington station is believed to be that of missing children's TV presenter Mark Speight, 42, British Transport Police said. The 42-year-old disappeared six days ago, and was said to have been in a "vulnerable" state following the death of his fiancee Natasha Collins in January. British Transport Police said officers were called to a remote area of Paddington station in west London after a man's body was discovered. The circumstances surrounding the death are subject to an ongoing investigation, but police confirmed he was not hit by a train.

Next-of-kin have been informed, but full formal identification has yet to take place.

Officers investigating the death are to examine CCTV footage from the station, and said they are currently treating the death as unexplained.

Miss Collins was found dead on January 3 from boiling water burns and a drugs overdose in the bath of the north-west London flat she shared with Speight. The presenter told police the couple had been "partying" and had taken cocaine and sleeping pills as well as drinking wine and vodka. He was initially arrested on suspicion of murder and supplying Class A drugs, but last month Scotland Yard said he would not face any charges over the death.

Speight looked drawn and gaunt when he attended her inquest just six days before he went missing.



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This is an awful situation, the poor bloke [and his late girlfriend]. My daughter likes watching Smarteenies, we always thought he seemed a nice person to bother working on a programme for little children. So many young men can't be bothered with toddlers. Although I was surprised to see that he was 42!

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