Train death man Ryan Harrison 'was punched, then fell'

Ryan Harrison (left), mum Sue (centre) and brother Bradley (right)
Image caption Ryan Harrison's family said the 22-year-old (left) was 'brightest ray of sunshine'

A man who died after an altercation at a Surrey station was punched before he fell between a moving train and the platform, police have said.

Ryan Harrison, 22, was trying to board a train at Guildford station with a friend when he became involved in the confrontation on Saturday night.

"Seven men were exiting the train and two men were boarding at the same door," said Det Ch Insp Iain Miller.

"An altercation between them spilled on to the platform."

A post mortem examination conducted on Monday showed Mr Harrison's death was consistent with him falling between the train and the platform.

Two 19-year-old men from Guildford and a third from Cranleigh were arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) on suspicion of murder and released until a date in May while police inquiries continue.

'Dreadful incident'

"Our investigations are based around the behaviour and the movements of the group of youths who were involved in this," said Mr Miller.

"We are aware of a number of witnesses, some of whom we have managed to speak to already, but we are appealing to anyone we have not already spoken to to contact us regardless of how much they may think they know.

"We would be interested in speaking to anyone who was in or around the station and saw anything untoward."

Mr Miller said Mr Harrison's death was a dreadful incident for his family to come to terms with.

"He was a very much loved young man, very well respected in his community and he is going to be very much missed," he said.

Image caption Floral tributes to Mr Harrison were laid inside Guildford station booking hall

"He was a valuable member of both family and community."

In a statement issued through BTP, Mr Harrison's family said: "Ryan was the biggest, brightest ray of sunshine for us. He loved life, his family and his friends."

The family paid tribute to a brother, son and boyfriend who they said they were lucky to have had in their lives.

"He always looked so smart and gorgeous," they said.

"He was ambitious in life and loved to party. He was a true sun worshipper and always had to have a tan.

"His family have been totally devastated by his loss. We take strength from seeing how much he was loved by everyone that knew him.

"He had the biggest, kindest heart, and a bright light has been turned off in all of us that knew and loved him."

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