A popular island high school teacher died after being struck by a train during a visit to the UK.
Tributes have been paid to Tony Roberts who tragically died last Sunday morning.
As yesterday’s Manx Independent reported, students at St Ninian’s High School in Douglas, where he taught business studies and economics and was also a sixth form tutor, were informed of his death on Monday.
Now it has been confirmed that Mr Roberts died after being struck by a train close to Yarm railway station in North Yorkshire.
Paramedics from the North East ambulance service attended but Mr Roberts was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident, which is not being treated as suspicious, is being investigated by officers from British Transport Police.
A file will be prepared for the coroner.
Former students have paid tribute to Mr Roberts on social media, recalling the support he had offered, their fond memories of his lessons and the huge role he played in the school, in particular in the sixth form.
Head teacher of St Ninian’s Chris Coole said: ‘Tony was a well-respected and long-serving member of our team who will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him.
‘We are all in shock with this sudden and unexpected news and our thoughts are very much with his wife at this time.’
Source: IOM Today