Details released of two men who died in railway incidents in the Grantham area
Two people have died in as many days this week after being struck by trains in the Grantham area.
The incidents occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
British Transport Police were called to the first incident at Grantham station at 7.37am following a report of a casualty on the tracks. Paramedics also attended and a 64-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers said the incident was not being treated as suspicious.
The second incident happened early on Wednesday morning. A 38-year-old man died at the scene. A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “Officers were called to the lines in Claypole at 6.53am following reports of a casualty on the tracks. Paramedics also attended, however, sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident is not being treated as suspicious.”
The two deaths this week have prompted rail companies and emergency services to highlight the help that is available to people with mental health problems and their suicide prevention programmes.
A spokesman for LNER tweeted: “I would ask that you please take in to account that someone will not be returning home today, take a moment to remember how lucky we are, and please take a moment to pray for the family who will get this sad news.”
They added: “As we reflect on the last two days and the two tragic incidents, I cannot stress enough how there is always someone out there willing to listen. Our charity partner @theCALMzone is just one. Please do not suffer in silence - thecalmzone.net.”
Lincolnshire Rural Crime Team described the situation as ‘heartbreaking’ and said that one of the deceased had recently met with a member of its team. It said the same team was on duty when both incidents occurred but made sure that the same officers did not attend both incidents. It added: “Awful for all involved. Look after yourselves, look after each other.”
A spokesman for Network Rail said: “In recent years, the rail industry has made significant strides with its partners in preventing suicides on the railway, and despite an increase in suicides, we have seen an increase in interventions, with rail employees, the police and public intervening in more than 2,200 suicide attempts on the railway in 2018/19, an increase of 33 per cent since 2017/18. That’s a sobering thought. It means those individuals have gone on to live their lives, and that our staff and passengers have been spared the trauma of being involved in potentially tragic events.”
Anybody in need of help can contact the Samaritans on 116 123 or contact CALM on 0800 585858 (thecalmzone.net).
“Central to our programme is the belief that suicide is not inevitable and we can work collectively to reduce the traumatic loss of life and devastation that suicide causes.”
A campaign called Small Talk Saves Lives has been launched by Samaritans in partnership with British Transport Police (BTP), Network Rail and the wider rail industry.
Figures reveal that there were 163 interventions by members of the public between January and September last year – a 20 per cent increase compared with 2017.
It means around one in 10 interventions are by the public.
Recently two members of Grantham railway station staff spoke to the Journal about how they had intervened to stop a teenager taking his own life.
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