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Parents of boy, 11, killed on railway line pay tribute to 'thoughtful' and 'talented' son

The parents of a boy, who lost his life on a freight line in Northamptonshire, have paid a moving tribute to their “beautiful son”.

Harrison Ballantyne, 11, died after sustaining serious electrical burns near a rail depot in Daventry on Tuesday 27 June.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 5.20pm, but nothing could be done to save him.

Harrison died of 'serious electrical burns'.

Harrison was our beautiful son. In less than 12 years he filled our lives with happiness. His lively character lit up the room. Harrison was a kind and thoughtful boy who shared everything and always thought of others.

– Family tribute

Harrison played for the under 12's at Crick Colts Football Club. Last season his team mates voted him player's player.

A spokesperson for the club said: "Harrison was a great lad and very popular boy, highly thought of by the Club, his coaches and his friends. We know Harrison loved his football and loved his club Crick Colts FC. The club, coaches, players and players' parents are shocked and deeply saddened by the news and are still trying to come to terms with it."

Flowers, letters and card lay at the site.

Harrison died of 'serious electrical burns' about half a mile from Daventry International Rail Depot. He was with four friends at the time.

Family liaison officers continue to support Harrison’s family and enquiries into the circumstances surrounding his death continue, although they are not being treated as suspicious.

Harrison was an outgoing boy and loved to be active and outside exploring, climbing and getting muddy. Life was an adventure that he sought out to the full.

Harrison is not only a son, he was a brother, grandson, great grandson, nephew, great nephew, cousin and friend.

His cheeky smile and witty humour keeps us smiling and a huge piece of all of us has gone with him, never to return.

His innocence and inquisitive nature led him to the railway track, stealing him from this world so soon after he arrived. We will struggle to live without him.

Tributes have poured in and we realise now just how wide his circle of influence has reached.

We pray that this is not the end and he is able to see in some way how much he is loved and cared for.

Harrison, we will love and miss you always and will carry you with us forever.”

– Family tribute

How and why Harrison and his friends ended up on the railway line is part of the police investigation.

Superintendent Chris Hodgkiss from BTP said: “Our thoughts are with Harrison’s loved ones and we are working very hard to give them the answers they need at this difficult time.

“Understandably, his death has come as a great shock to everyone who knew him. His friends who were at the scene have all now been spoken to and offered support, as have pupils at his school. Officers have also been patrolling the area around the line to ensure children stay away.

“Following Harrison’s death and the incident earlier this month where a teenager suffered 40 per cent burns to his body after getting onto the tracks in the West Midlands, we cannot stress enough the dangers of the railway.

“If you haven’t already, please speak to your children about the hazards and help us prevent further deaths and injuries this summer.”Last year, BTP officers came across more than 555 children on the tracks and recorded around 8,200 incidents of trespass. More information can be found here: btp.police.uk/realitycheck

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