Mother's tearful tribute to daughter 'electrocuted' on railway track in Herne Bay

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.”

– DCI Paul Langley from British Transport Police

Sarah Saunders has a full report with family reaction.