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Bobbing train death woman named as former Ypres Tavern boss Joelli Budd

A woman killed on railway track near Bobbing just before Christmas has been named as Joelli Budd.

Emergency services were called at about 2.20pm on Sunday, December 22, to reports of a person being hit by a train at Simpson Crossing, near the Bobbing Apple pub and hotel complex next to the A249.

Emergency services at the Bobbing Apple
Emergency services at the Bobbing Apple

The 35-year-old former manager of the Ypres Tavern in West Street, Sittingbourne, was declared dead at the scene and her next-of-kin informed.

Following the initial investigation, the line was handed back to Network Rail at 3.45pm.

British Transport Police said they were not treating the incident as suspicious.

An inquest into Ms Budd’s death was opened and adjourned today at 2pm at the Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone.

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