Family Tribute To Boy Who Died At Rail Site

30 June 2017, 11:40

Harrison Ballantyne

The parents of the 11 year-old boy, who lost his life earlier this week at the Rail Freight Depot near Crick, have paid tribute to their “beautiful son”.

Harrison Ballantyne, died after sustaining serious electrical burns on Tuesday afternoon (27 June).

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

Today, Harrison’s parents have paid the following tribute to their son:

“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.

He was a talented sportsman and had developed into a great footballer who was well-respected by his team mates.

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 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.

Friends have all now been spoken to and offered support

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.