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Father-of-three killed in bus collision was ‘loved by everyone’

'He was a well-liked fella, everyone loved him - he would do anything for anyone'

25 November, 2016 — By William McLennan

Brent Francis

A DEDICATED father-of-three who was killed by a bus on his way home from a night out has been described by friends as a “lovely man” who was like “north London’s Del Boy”.

Brent Francis died at the scene of the collision with the 134 bus in Hampstead Road, Mornington Crescent, in the early hours of Saturday.

The 47-year-old’s death has rocked the community in Kiln Place, Gospel Oak, where he lived with his family, and in Somers Town, where he grew up.

Around two-dozen bouquets have been left at the scene along with moving tributes to a man who has “gone too soon”, alongside a scarf of his beloved Tottenham Hotspur.

Mr Francis was a regular at the Old Oak in Mansfield Road and until recently had run a fish stall outside the pub. His friend and business partner, Perry Delaney, said:“He was a well-liked fella, everyone loved him. He would do anything for anyone. He had such good people around him. It’s a tight-knit community here and everyone knew him. He got on with everyone.

“He was north London’s Del Boy. He was such a dreamer. He had so many plans and business ideas. He wanted to do this, that and the other.”

He said Mr Francis was ­dedicated to his partner, Louise, and their three sons, Alfie, George and Teddy.

Mr Delaney said his friend, who worked as a scaffolder, was “fit as an ox”, adding: “There wasn’t an ounce of fat on his body. He was always taking the dog to the Heath, or running or up the gym.”

Mr Francis was said to be at the Escape Bar in Lidlington Place earlier in the evening and was making his way home when the accident occurred.

Tony Porelli tweeted: “RIP Brent. You were without doubt one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Pleasure to have grown up with you. Somers Town will not be same.” One tribute left at the scene read: “A hardworking and loving family man. It’s a pleasure to have known you and called you our friend.”

Police said they are “still unsure as to exactly how this collision happened” and asked for anyone who was on the bus, or waiting at the bus stop opposite Mornington Crescent tube station at around 1.30am on Saturday to come forward.

The driver of the bus stopped at the scene and has since been interviewed by police. He has not been arrested.

Detective Sergeant Chris Osborne said: “We know the bus had a large number of passengers on it at the time and there were also a number of people waiting at the northbound bus stop opposite the tube station.”

The tragic incident follows the death of Sheila Karsberg, who was killed by a cement mixer 350 metres away at the junction of Camden High Street and Pratt Street in September. Earlier in the same month a man was seriously injured in a collision with a bus outside Camden Town underground station.

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