Child, 12, is found dead on railway tracks after youngsters were spotted walking near the live electric lines
- Major emergency response sent to tracks in Bootle, Merseyside, at around 7pm
- Police and fire service stayed for several hours and confirmed a person had died
- Followed reports two children aged ‘around 12’ were on the same stretch of line
A 12-year-old child was found dead on railway tracks last night after youngsters were spotted walking near the live electric lines.
A major emergency response was sent to the line near Bedford Road in Bootle, Merseyside, at around 7pm after reports of a ‘casualty’.
It followed reports two children of the same age had been seen walking near the live rails.
A major emergency response was sent to the area near Bedford Road in Bootle, Merseyside, after reports of a ‘casualty’ on the tracks at around 7pm
The emergency services remained on the tracks for several hours, with rail services cancelled as police, ambulance and fire crews all carried out their investigations.
Late last night it was confirmed a ‘person’ had died following an incident on the tracks.
Today, it was reported that two children, thought to be 12, were reported to be on the live electric lines, with one of them being killed.
The British Transport Police has not confirmed this and said officers are speaking to the family. They will confirm the age and sex of the victim in due course.
The stretch from Sandhills to Waterloo on the Northern Line had its electricity supply switched off last night as workers rushed to reach the body.
Track staff also inspected fencing to see how the line was accessed.
A BTP spokesman said: ‘Paramedics also attended, however, sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene.
‘The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.’
The emergency services remained on the tracks for several hours last night, with rail services cancelled as police, ambulance and fire crews all carried out their investigations
A large emergency service presence could be seen at Bedford Road, including a fire engine, ambulance and several police cars.
Pictures showed officers taking photographs of an underpass underneath the rail tracks, where an area was cordoned off.
Rail services were suspended between Sandhills and Hall Road while emergency services investigated the incident.
Merseyside Police said: ‘Following reports of a concern for safety for a person in the area officers were called to Bedford Road in Bootle.’
The gender of the child is not yet confirmed. British Transport Police and Merseyrail were contacted for comment.
The death followed reports two children of the same age had been seen on the same stretch of tracks
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