Balcombe pays tribute to Joel Manthorpe

Floral tributes at Balcombe Station for Joel Manthorpe. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140912-160121001
Floral tributes at Balcombe Station for Joel Manthorpe. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140912-160121001

A man who died after being hit by a train at Balcombe has been named as 19-year-old Joel Manthorpe.

Tributes have been paid to the former Warden Park School pupil, who died last Wednesday.

Floral tributes at Balcombe Station for Joel Manthorpe. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140912-160058001

Floral tributes at Balcombe Station for Joel Manthorpe. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140912-160058001

His death comes four months after his father Graham Manthorpe, 49, was found dead in the garden at their home in Meadow Close, Balcombe.

Sussex Police confirmed the incident in August as a hanging.

A spokesman for the British Transport Police said: “I can confirm the man who died at Balcombe on Wednesday, December 3, was Joel Manthorpe, 19, from Balcombe.

“An inquest into his death was opened and adjourned on Tuesday, December 9.”

Police said they are not treating the death as suspicious.

Tilly Philpott paid tribute to her boyfriend on Twitter.

She writes: “I lost the most important person in my life today.

“Rest in peace my gorgeous boy I love you forever and ever. Have someone to protect me through everything my own perfect little guardian angel.”

She also thanked people for their support and said she was missing him ‘more than ever’.

A motocross enthusiast, Joel was praised by Hookwood Trials Club as a ‘very good rider’.

The centre posted a statement on its Facebook page.The message said: “Hookwood Trials Club have got a massive weekend coming with almost 100 riders competing in the 73 Southern Experts Trial.

“At this momentous time in the club’s history it is very sad for me to report the passing away of one of our young very talented members, Joel Manthorpe.

“Our hearts go out to mum Sarah and Joel’s younger brother Adam.

“Likeable Dad Graham passed away in August and he was a guiding light to his boys as they followed him into motorcycle trials and along the way became very good riders.

“I am very sorry to bear such tragic news.”

Friends are collecting money for a memorial service which is set to be held on Wednesday at Balcombe Victory Hall. Collection pots have been set up at The Half Moon Inn, Balcombe Stores and Balcombe Social Club.

James Godsell paid tribute to his friend on a Facebook page set up to remember Joel.

It read: “I’m shocked and devastated to hear about Joel I can’t get it off my mind, he was one of my closest friends and I’m sure many of yours as well.”

“I think it’s right we all pay our respects to Joel, who was such a close friend of us all and even for some of us he was like a brother to us and the one thing about Joel is that he wasn’t just a ‘friend’ he was a true friend and such a lovely guy.

“Rest in peace Joel you’ll be forever missed.”

Neighbours Michael and Marie Camille said: “Joel Manthorpe was a wonderful little boy who loved life and will be sadly missed from his neighbours from Jobes Balcombe.”