UPDATE: Girl, 16, ‘electrocuted’ on railway at Herne Bay station named locally as Taiyah Pebbles
PUBLISHED: 08:33 27 July 2017
The girl was with a group of friends near the station shortly before 11pm the previous night
A 16-year-old girl killed on the railway at Herne Bay station has been named locally as Taiyah Pebbles.
Officers from British Transport Police were called to the station shortly before 7am on Wednesday and attended alongside paramedics from the South East Coast Ambulance Service.
The girl was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining serious injuries believed to be caused by the live track.
Her death is being treated as unexplained whilst officers make enquiries into the circumstances leading to her receiving these injuries.
Formal identification had yet to be completed; however the girl’s family have been informed. A post mortem examination is due to take place on Friday.
DCI Paul Langley from British Transport Police, said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of this young girl as they try to come to terms with this awful news.
“We have deployed specially trained officers to the family to provide them with support.
“Understandably the family are now desperate for answers and my officers are focussed on understanding how this girl came to be on the tracks.
“What we know so far is that the girl was with a group of friends near the station shortly before 11pm yesterday evening.
“Sometime between then and 7am this morning she came to receive these injuries.
“Therefore, I would be looking to speak with anyone who might have been near to Herne Bay station during this period.
“If you were in the area or have any information, no matter how small, please do get in touch as soon as possible. Your information might prove vital in our enquiries.”
Rail services were disrupted throughout the morning while officers investigated, with all lines between Margate and Faversham blocked until the early afternoon.
Anyone with any information is asked to get in touch by send a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 82 of 26/07/2017.