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Girl, 16, found dead near train tracks named as Taiyah Peebles

By KentOnline reporter

A 16-year-old girl found dead near train tracks in Herne Bay has been named locally as Taiyah Peebles.

The teenager's body was discovered early yesterday morning, with emergency crews descending on the town’s railway station at about 7am.

A number of tributes have been left on Facebook to Taiyah, who is thought to have been electrocuted.

Taiyah-Grace Peebles who died on the railway line
Taiyah-Grace Peebles who died on the railway line

She had been at the station with friends at about 11pm on Tuesday, but it is not known exactly when she was killed or why she was on the tracks.

DCI Paul Langley, of British Transport Police, says her family are desperate for answers.

Speaking yesterday, he said: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of this young girl as they try to come to terms with this awful news.

Police were called to the train station just before 7am
Police were called to the train station just before 7am

“We have deployed specially trained officers to the family to provide them with support.

“Understandably the family are now desperate for answers and my officers are focused 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 on Tuesday evening.

Emergency services at the scene
Emergency services at the scene

“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.”

As many as 10 emergency vehicles were outside the railway station throughout the morning, with the gates locked to commuters.

Trains were cancelled between Faversham and Thanet for almost six hours while investigations were carried out by police.

Dozens of friends arrived with flowers at the station yesterday afternoon and later held a vigil at Herne Bay Clocktower for Taiyah.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place on Friday.

Anyone with any information about the girl’s death can send a text to 61016 or call 0800 405040, quoting reference 82 of 26/07/2017.

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