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Police name boy, 11, who died of electric shock at rail freight terminal

Rugby Editorial 28th Jun, 2017 Updated: 28th Jun, 2017   0

A WARNING about the dangers of trespassing has been issued as police named the 11-year-old boy who died yesterday (Tuesday June 27) after suffering serious electrical burns at Daventry International Rail Freight Depot (DIRFT).

Although formal identification is yet to take place, the boy is believed to be Harrison Ballantyne from Crick.

While officers are currently working to establish the circumstances, it is understood Harrison was on the site at around 5.20pm when he came into contact with electricity from an overhead line.

Emergency services rushed to the scene but sadly, nothing could be done to save him.

His family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers at this difficult time.

Four other boys were with Harrison at the time. One was taken to hospital, but was uninjured.

British Transport Police’s commander for the Midlands, Superintendent Chris Hodgkiss, 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.”

Visit www.btp.police.uk/realitycheck for more information.


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