Shock as man falls to death at Bedhampton railway station

SCENE The man fell to his death at Bedhampton railway station
SCENE The man fell to his death at Bedhampton railway station
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A MAN has died after he was hit by a train.

The man, who has not been identified by police, died at Bedhampton train station, which is only manned some of the time, at about 12.50pm on Saturday.

Police and the fire service were called to the station, which was immediately cordoned off, stopping all trains and causing long delays to the network.

A private ambulance attended to remove the body.

Sergeant Justin Wait, of the British Transport Police, was at the scene, and said: ‘We are not treating this death as suspicious in any way.

‘There were disruptions to the train services in the area, but this was rectified as quickly as possible.

‘The coroner’s office has been contacted and they will be in receipt of our file from the investigation.’

Officers were working to establish the identity of the man so they could contact his next of kin.

Services on South West Trains between London Waterloo and Portsmouth Harbour, and on Southern Trains between Victoria and Portsmouth Harbour as well as Victoria and Southampton Central were all affected. To help alleviate travel problems, train tickets were also being accepted on local bus routes.

The cordon was lifted shortly before 3pm, and some trains were able to resume running, but it was not until about 5pm that services were running as normal again.

In inquest is expected to open in the coming days.

A man who lives several doors from the station on Bedhampton Road, said: ‘I heard all the commotion.

‘It is sad that someone thinks they need to do this, but it isn’t the first time this has happened here.’

Later in the evening a train broke down between Hilsea and Bedhampton causing further delays.