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British Transport Police face investigation over man’s death at Preston Station

Posted on - 1st November, 2017 - 12:52pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, News, Preston City Centre, Transport
The entrance to Preston Station - it's the closest one to the car park Pic: Paul Melling
Side entrance to Preston Station Pic: Paul Melling

The death of a man at Preston Railway Station on Tuesday evening is to be investigated by the police complaints commission.

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British Transport Police confirmed a 33-year-old man died on the tracks around 9.40pm on Tuesday (31 October).

Police confirmed officers from BTP were called to the station shortly before 9.30pm to reports of a person shoplifting.

They attended the station and spoke with a man.

The man left officers and is then understood to have come into contact with overhead lines above a freight train in a nearby depot.

The 33-year-old man was electrocuted and suffered serious injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His death is being treated as unexplained and the British Transport Police has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission for an investigation into the events of Tuesday evening.

Officers are working to inform the man’s next of kin.

All trains were suspended during Tuesday evening following the incident.

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