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Ex-fiancee’s grief at taxi driver Danny’s death

Taxi driver Danny Scott was pronounced dead on the beach at Reculver. He is pictured, right, with ex-fiancee Tasha Horne

Tributes paid to 28-year-old found dead at bottom of cliffs

A taxi driver texted his ex-fiancee saying “please don’t watch the news” just hours before his body was found at the bottom of cliffs. Danny Scott, 29, who worked for Northgate Cars in Canterbury, was discovered on the beach at Reculver on Wednesday morning last week. He had been living with his long-term girlfriend Tasha Home, 29, in Seasalter until they split up a few days earlier. Shortly after his death, she wrote on her Facebook page:

“I can’t believe you have been taken from me. You are going to be truly missed. You were my friend and my fiancee and I loved you more than anything In this world.”

Speaking later from her home in Beaconflelds, the tearful mum-of-four said:

“I never dreamed he would do anything like that. We had been together for six years and had split up before but were due to get married next year. Danny was great with my kids, who idolised him.”

She said they had worked together for Northgate Cars, where she is a taxi escort, accompanying children to school. Mr Scott was well known in Canterbury, Home Bay and Whitstable, and also a bell ringer at St Dunstan’s Church. He was a close friend of head bell-ringer Lenn Huckstep, 64, and his friend John Stopfard, 69, who both live in Herne Bay. Mr Huckstep said

“His death is desperately sad. I first got to know Danny when he was just a lad and he came bell ringing with his dad. He bad a troubled upbringing because his mother left him and he later ended up In various foster homes, which I am sure affected him etnotionally. When Danny moved to Herne Bay when he was a teenager. He used to come round and see us. I guess I thought of him as the son I never had. We would help him however we could and sometimes he would stay because I think it gave him stability. He was a lovely lad who had a difficult upbringing, but he had a heart of gold and would do anything for anyone. I think he just wanted to be loved because of the rejection he suffered from his mother. He used to enjoy walking our dogs and was a good bell ringer. There was a special muffled peal of bells for him at St Dunstan’s on Saturday and prayers said for him at church on Sunday.”

Mr Stopfard said:

“I saw him on the night before his death and there was nothing about him to suggest be would take his own life. He said he was going out with a friend.”

Danny’s father lives in the Philippines. He has a brother called Chris who lives in Norwith. Police were called shortly after 9am on Wednesday List week to reports a body bad been seen on the beach near Reculver Towers. They say there are no suspicious circumstances and the death has been roported to the coroner.

Herne Bay Gazette, December 25th 2014

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