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Ryan Harrison crushed to death by a train after argument at Guildford station

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  • Ryan Harrison, 22, was crushed between the platform and a train
  • He was allegedly involved in a fight and pushed onto the tracks
  • The indent occurred on Saturday at Guildford station in Surrey
  • British Transport Police is treating the death as suspicious

By Francesca Infant And Larisa Brown

PUBLISHED: 19:57 EST, 31 March 2013 | UPDATED: 08:16 EST, 1 April 2013

A young man died when he became sandwiched between a railway platform and a departing train moments after a fight at a station.

It is understood that following a row with a group of men, Ryan Harrison either fell or was pushed down the side of the platform next to a  stationary train.

The 22-year-old was killed minutes later when the train moved away, trapping him between it and the edge of  the platform.

Three men are now being questioned on suspicion of murder in relation to the man's death.

Ryan Harrison (pictured left with a friend, and right on holiday) died when he became sandwiched between a railway platform and a departing train moments after a fight at a station

Mr Harrison died just before midnight on Saturday at Guildford station, Surrey. It is understood he had been on a night out with a friend.

A family friend said Mr Harrison, of Woking, Surrey, had moved with his father to Spain to start a business but came back in September last year.

Daloney Carlton, partner of Mr Harrison’s father Tony, said: ‘He came back in September because he missed his friends and moved in with his girlfriend.

‘I don’t know what happened but I think he was with his girlfriend at the station.

‘He was a lovely lad and his father is in pieces. He is flying back in a couple of days but can’t even talk at the moment.’

Arrests: Ryan Harrison died at Guildford railway station after a fight broke out

Arrests: Ryan Harrison apparently died at Guildford railway station after a fight broke out (file photo)

A spokesman for British Transport Police confirmed the death was being treated as suspicious, though reports that he had been stabbed appeared unfounded.

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Miller, senior investigating officer, said: 'Our thoughts are very much with the man's family at this acutely difficult time for them.

'They're trying to come to terms with what has happened and at this stage, quite understandably, they have asked to be left alone to grieve.

'The station was cordoned off until the early hours of Sunday morning while forensic officers conducted a thorough search and my team of detectives are working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the death, which we are currently treating as suspicious.

'Three men were arrested in connection with the incident and they remain in custody being questioned by detectives.

'Clearly the man's family will have many questions about the circumstances leading up to his death but at this time the full sequence of events is unclear. However, we will do everything we can to shed light on what took place on Saturday night.'

The British Transport police are appealing for witnesses to the crime on Saturday

Appeal: The British Transport police are looking for witnesses to the crime on Saturday (file photo)

Two men, both aged 19 and from Guildford, were arrested at the scene. A third man later handed himself in at a police station.

The railway station was closed for most of the night following the incident, only re-opening fully at around 9am yesterday.

Friends of Mr Harrison last night posted emotional tributes to him on Facebook.

Lesley Ann Penistone said: ‘The world is a sadder place without you Ryan Harrison. God bless you, Jamie, Tony and all your family and friends. RIP little love xxxxx’

Jake Lund wrote: ‘Can’t believe this has happened to such a nice person, rip Ryan.’

Nicola Fuller added: ‘RIP Ryan, lovely lad.’

Grant Marsh posted: ‘What a legend of a lad. RIP.’

Sarah Tuffs wrote on Twitter: 'R.i.p Ryan harrison, you will be missed by so many, life is too short.'

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