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Taiyah Peebles lost friends on train before railway track death in Herne Bay

By Jodie Nesling

A teenage girl found dead on railway tracks in Herne Bay became separated from her friends on a train back to the town, an inquest heard today.

Taiyah Peebles, 16, was returning from a night out in Whitstable when she left her group to use the toilet at about 11pm.

CCTV footage examined by police shows her friends leaving the station after the train pulls into Herne Bay, but Taiyah is left alone on the platform.

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

Her body was found on the Thanet-bound tracks at about 6.45am the following morning, with detectives still attempting to establish why she was on the line.

It is thought she was electrocuted by a live rail yards from the platform in the direction of Birchington, but the cause of her death has not yet been confirmed.

Flowers left at Herne Bay station for Taiyah-Grace Peebles
Flowers left at Herne Bay station for Taiyah-Grace Peebles

It is believed the driver of the first Thanet-bound train spotted Taiyah's body on the tracks after pulling into the station.

Five London-bound trains would have already passed through Herne Bay on the opposite side of the tracks that morning, the first at 4.59am.

Emergency services at Herne Bay train station
Emergency services at Herne Bay train station

The power to the line was shut off and all trains cancelled as emergency crews descended on the station.

Taiyah was pronounced dead at the scene.

The inquest was adjourned to a later date.

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