A FORMER BBC presenter has been revealed as the person hit by a train last week between Swindon and Didcot Parkway.

Journalist Kelly Jobanputra, 39, from Swindon, Wiltshire, left home on Friday afternoon to go shopping but never came back.

The fatal incident blocked railway lines between her hometown and Didcot Parkway at around 3pm.

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All lines were closed between the two stations for several hours while emergency services attended the incident.

Mrs Jobanputra spent 15 years presenting on local BBC radio stations before heading to London to produce a daytime show for Radio 6 Music.

Better known at the time under her maiden name of Kelly Stooke, which she often used as a byline even after she got married, she regularly wrote reviews for the Swindon Advertiser and freelanced for the website 365 Bristol.

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She also wrote on Swindon Web as the Mum About Town, briefly presented a show on Ujima FM Radio in Bristol, and worked in the marketing group at the British Computing Society before her death.

Her father John Stooke said: “We are completely and utterly bereft to lose such a vibrant, attractive, courageous and well-loved family member at such a very young age. She was in good spirits when she left at lunchtime to go to Asda.

"It seems that, whilst the circumstances are not at all clear, this may well have been, in the end, an unintended and tragic accident.

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“Our thoughts are not solely with the devastation to our own family. We also believe the train driver was naturally traumatised and he or she also remains very much in our thoughts and prayers.”

An inquest into the cause and circumstances of Mrs Jobanputra’s death will be held at a later date.