Railway line deaths a tragic accident

Police investigating the deaths of two young men whose bodies were found on a Norfolk railway line yesterday have said the incident could have been a tragic accident.

Prayers have been said for the families of two Norfolk teenagers killed on a railway track.

The two young men, both aged 17, were found by British Transport Police (BTP) after being spotted by a passing train driver on the railway line near King's Lynn early on Saturday morning.

Police investigating the deaths have said the incident could have been a tragic accident but that they are still trying to piece together to circumstances surrounding the deaths.

On Sunday prayers were said for the two teenagers at Wiggenhall St Germans' parish church, close to where the accident happened and to Watlington, where they lived.


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A BTP spokesman said the families of the boys had been informed and a full investigation was being carried out.

The two bodies were found early in the morning near to the village of West Winch, about three miles south of Lynn and only a few miles from Watlington.

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It is believed they were hit by an early morning train from Lynn to London and could have been walking home from a night out.

A spokesman for the BTP said: “Police were called to the scene at 8.30am on Saturday and found the bodies of two 17-year-old men. A full forensic investigation of the scene has been conducted and station CCTV images from the area has also been retrieved.

“The families have been informed of the deaths and the formal identification is likely to take place early this week.

“Police are currently working to establish the circumstances surrounding the deaths and why the men were on the railway at the time.”

An earlier statement reported by Press Association said it was a tragic death and that the circumstances appeared to be accidental, but nothing was being ruled out.

Train services were cancelled and replaced by a bus service for most of Saturday while a forensic search of the scene was carried out.

Prayers were said for the two boys today at nearby Wiggenhall St Germans' parish church on Sunday.

Rev Diana Penny, who led the service, said: "People are very shocked. It's a very sad thing to happen just before Christmas. We don't know who is involved yet. It obviously affects a huge number of people. We will be praying for the families and everyone involved in the tragedy.”

Richard Rockliffe, a county and parish councillor in the village, said it was a tragic and that the village's thoughts would be with the families.

“It is tragic and I would not wish this on anyone, particularly at this time of year, our thoughts go out to the families. Until we know the full circumstances we cannot do much more. We will give any support we can to the families and our thoughts will be with them.”

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