The mother of a teenage girl who died on the railway track at Herne Bay station has paid tribute to her. Sixteen year old Taiyah Peebles suffered serious injuries, believed to have been caused by electrocution. Sarah Saunders spoke to Taiyah's mum, Hayley Peebles.
Investigations are underway into how a 16-year-old girl came to her death on the railway at Herne Bay station, in Kent.
Emergency services were called to the station shortly before 7am yesterday morning. The girl was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining serious injuries believed to be caused by electrocution.
Her death is being treated as unexplained whilst officers make enquiries into the circumstances leading to her receiving these injuries.
Officers say 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.
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.”
Sarah Saunders has a full report with family reaction.
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Rob Wilson has given this statement on the Queen's official visit next month to open Reading Station.
Reading Station is part of securing a bright economic future for the town, so it is only fitting that Her Majesty the Queen should officially open it 25 years after she visited to open the previous station.
When I met the Duke of Edinburgh at a Buckingham Palace reception last year I did ask him whether he would be coming back for a return visit after all the intervening years, to which he jokingly replied; “You don’t want us again!” Well Reading is always delighted to welcome the Queen and the Duke and it will be a great honour and privilege for the town to do so again.
I can see this being a very big day for Reading where we will all come together and celebrate.”
The Queen will officially open the redeveloped Reading railway station next month.
An £850 million Network Rail scheme has seen major improvement on the station, including new platforms and entrances.
The work on the station started in 2011 and most of the major works are now complete.
It will be the second time the Queen has carried out an opening ceremony at Reading Station.
Her previous visit was to mark the construction of the Brunel Arcade in the 1980s.
Groundwater levels are continuing to rise with residents along the river Avon in Wiltshire, the Stour in Dorset and the Meon in Hampshire warned about the risk of more flooding this weekend.
16 Flood Warnings remain in place across our region tonight. River levels also remain high along the Arun in Pulborough, flooding nearby fields.
In the New Forest, firefighters transported bales of hay to around 30 cows who became stranded by flood water.
Meanwhile, up to a million pounds is being spent repairing railways on the Isle of Wight. Islanders have been without any train services for almost three weeks because of floods and landslides. Today, work continued to repair the tracks - as Dave Russell reports.
Southern commuters will face a fare rise of 2.87% and Gatwick Express fares will be frozen at the 2013 prices.
The average fare rise will come into effect on 2nd January 2014.
Southern’s Commercial Director, Alex Foulds said: “There is good news for all of our season ticket holders as we have chosen not to use flex, meaning that all our season ticket holders will pay a lower increase.
"It’s also great news for our Gatwick Express passengers as we are freezing fares on the route, and for those looking for cheap off-peak travel, we continue to freeze our cheapest Advance fare at just £5.”
Local volunteers have secured a grant of nearly £89,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the Hayling Billy heritage project.
The project will explore the history of Hayling Billy line on the island and enable conservation to take place.
It will also provide volunteering opportunities for local people to develop skills and work on the historic site.
To help guide people around the site there will also be leaflets, digital material and a new website to engage visitors.
The benefits for the local community will be a heritage project for generations to come, a focus for community volunteers to work on together to create a lasting legacy for local people and visitors. The Partnership have worked really hard with the council officers on securing the funding however, this is just the start."
A new report shows how the railway station area of Winchester could be revitalised.
Winchester City Council commissioned a ‘Development Assessment’ from planning and urban design specialists Tibbalds to look at the potential of the Winchester Station approach.
The report, which will be considered by the City Council’s Cabinet in December, reveals how appropriate development could improve a major gateway into Winchester from Andover Road, increase employment in the city and maintain parking for rail users.
Improvements to the Railway Station approach, the Carfax site and Andover Road area are something that many have asked for and want to see. The City Council agrees that it is a good idea and is working towards an overall masterplan for the area. This will, if accepted by Council in due course, form part of our local plan.”
There has been a massive rise in passengers using trains in the region according to figures just out from the Rail Regulator.
The figures for the first three months of the financial year show a rise of almost 9% in the South East.
There were 267 million journeys in the period, the highest ever.
The Office of Rail Regulation said, "The main reason behind the increase is the growth in advance and season ticket travel across all operators within this sector."