Mark Speight

Coroner: Paul Knapman

[2014] Who are the Queen’s Lord Lieutenants? In a strange twist, BBC children’s presenter Mark Speight was implicated in the death of his girlfriend Natasha Collins in 2008.  He subsequently disappeared and was found hanging in a disused section of Paddington Station.  We now know Rolf Harris has been arrested by officers from Operation Yewtree., investigating a paedophile ring at the BBC.  It transpires that Mark Speight had done a lot of work with Rolf Harris.  At Mark’s memorial, Rolf made an emotional and tearful address:  ‘It was joyful to work with Mark.  ‘I realise now that I never told him how much I appreciated his programmes. ‘You realise you should always tell people what you think, you should tell them you love them because it might suddenly be too late.’  Rolf sang Sun Arise, backed by a band complete with didgeridoos.  He also did his version of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven.”  We know Mark Speight did volunteer work for Childline and was one of their spokesmen and a high-profile campaigner.  Some say Childline is a “front” organisation used to filter out callers who may have been abused by VIP’s.  The coroner who held the inquiry into the deaths of Mark Speight and Natahsa Collins was Paul Knapman.