Body discovered on Littleport railway line

POLICE were called to Littleport Railway Station on Tuesday morning after the body of a man was discovered on the tracks.

POLICE were called to Littleport Railway Station on Tuesday morning after the body of a man was discovered on the tracks.

Officers and paramedics were called at about 9.45am to a section of the rail line near Victoria Street after members of the public spotted a body lying face down on the tracks.

The Ely to King’s Lynn route was immediately closed to rail traffic and the British Transport Police (BTP) were called in to investigate the incident.

It is understood that officers have been in contact with relatives of the man, believed to be in his 40s, with the case passed to the coroner’s office on Wednesday.


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A temporary bus service between Ely and Downham Market was brought in by Network Rail following the incident with a shuttle bus service from Downham Market to King’s Lynn also set up to help manage the closure.

A British Transport Police spokesperson said: “BTP officers attended the line near to Victoria Street in Littleport on Tuesday following a report of a body on the line.

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“Officers from BTP and Cambridgeshire Constabulary attended the incident, which was reported to police at 9.45am, and the body of a man was discovered.

“Enquiries are continuing to establish the identity of the man and the circumstances leading up to their death.”

The line was re-opened to trains again at about 2pm after engineers from Network Rail checked for any damage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting incident number 163 of 03/08/2010, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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