Tragedy as boy killed on railway track in Kent

Officers were called to the bridge at Joy Lane in Whitstable Credit: Google Images

Officers from British Transport Police are appealing for information following the death of a boy on the railway in Whitstable.

Shortly after 9.20pm on Saturday, 10 December, officers from BTP were called to the railway bridge at Joy Lane in Whitstable following reports that a person was struck by a train.

Officers from BTP, Kent Police and colleagues from the South East Coast Ambulance Service attended however a 16-year-old boy from Whitstable was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Today, officers from BTP are appealing for information on how the boy came to be on the tracks. Did you witness what happened or see the boy earlier on that day?

“This was an incredibly tragic event for the boy’s family and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

Although we are not treating this incident as suspicious I am continuing to explore the circumstances which led to him being on the tracks.

I believe that around 8pm he was walking along the beach with a black and white collie dog. He was white with short dark hark and was wearing a black hoodie and jeans.

We’d like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time, or who has any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, so we can build a clearer picture of what took place."

– Det Con Paula Bennett