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Sittingbourne: Anthony Hills found hanging from railway bridge

By Poppy Jeffery

A man found hanging from a railway bridge has been named as Anthony Hills.

Police and ambulance crews were sent to Staplehurst Road, Sittingbourne, but tragically the 65-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

Emergency services were scrambled around 8.30pm on May 23, to the site near the road’s junction with Cavell Way.

The railway bridge in Staplehurst Road where the tragedy happened
The railway bridge in Staplehurst Road where the tragedy happened

Trains between Sittingbourne and Sheerness were cancelled for about four hours after the discovery.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Just after 8.40pm on Tuesday, our officers attended the line near Sittingbourne.

“Colleagues from Kent Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service also attended, and a 65-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

“His death is not being treated as suspicious and his family has been informed. A file will be prepared for the coroner.”

The road has been shut off to traffic for a number of weeks for alterations including road widening, street calming and an island.

Sittingbourne railway station
Sittingbourne railway station

The changes were among the conditions of planning permission being granted for a small housing development off Staplehurst Road.

The road is due to reopen on Monday, June 19.

A Network Rail spokesman added: “The line between Sittingbourne and Sheppey was closed between 8.40pm and 11.50pm while emergency services dealt with an incident.

“Buses replaced trains until the end of the day’s service and the line was open as normal the next morning.”

Train operator Southeastern said the line reopened at 12.45am.

No further details were available from the coroner.

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