Rail Death: Harrison Ballantyne Died At Scene

Transport Police in Northamptonshire say they believe the boy who died yesterday at a rail freight depot, was local youngster, Harrison Ballantyne.

Emergency services were called to the Daventry International Rail Freight Depot at around 5.20pm to reports an 11 year-old boy had suffered severe electrical burns, but were unable to save him.

His family have been told and are being supported by specialist officers.

Police also say a second boy was with Harrison at the time and was taken to hospital - but was uninjured in what happened.

It's not yet clear why the boys were on the site - or how 11 year-old Harrison, ame into contact with overhead rail electricity wires.

Policing commander for the Midlands, Superintendent Chris Hodgkiss, from BTP said:

"Our thoughts are with the family of the boy and we are doing all we can to understand exactly what led to Harrison’s death.

We understand news of this will also be devastating to his friends and the wider community, especially four boys who were with him when the incident happened. We are working closely with the rail industry and local partners, including Harrison’s school, who are ensuring plans are in place to support pupils.

As well as investigating the circumstances surrounding his death, our focus is also on preventing any other children from coming to harm in a similar way.

With that in mind, I would urge all parents to remind their children about the dangers of trespassing on the railway, which is an extremely dangerous environment.

We understand youngsters, particularly during the summer with lighter evenings, may be drawn to the railway but they are real tracks, with real trains and real life consequences – be smart and stay away."

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