UPDATE MONDAY 4.15PM: Woman found near rail line in Spalding is named by police
Police have today named a woman whose body was found near a train track in Spalding on Saturday morning.
The body of Bahrathi Palanisamy (28), previously reported as missing, was discovered close to the train line near Green Lane shortly before 8.20am.
At the time she was reported as missing, Miss Palanisamy was described as an Asian woman, 5’3” tall, with long dark hair. She was wearing a blue coat, dark blue jeans and black trainers
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: “The police are treating the death as unexplained and are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen Bahrathi, or anyone who may have seen or heard anything in the area near to Green Lane or St John’s Road, between 8pm on Friday and 8.25am on Saturday, should call Lincolnshire Police on 101.
You should quote incident number 95 of October 8.
UPDATE MONDAY 3.25PM: No link between car fire and woman’s ‘unexplained’ death in Spalding
Police have ruled out any connection between the death of a 28-year-old woman in Spalding and a car blaze, both of which took place at the weekend.
The woman’s body was discovered close to the train line near Green Lane, Spalding, on Saturday morning.
Later on saturday, fire crews from Spalding were called to a car alight near the rail station in Station Approach shortly before 9.30pm.
Firefighters wore breathing apparatus as they used water hose reels to tackle the fire.
A British Transport Police spokesman said: “We had reports of a car on fire in the car park at Spalding Rail Station at 10.23pm on Saturday.
“We are investigating the circumstances of what happened, but it isn’t linked to the unexplained death.
“Attempts are being made to trace the car’s owner who is thought to be in Bradford.
“Initially, the vehicle was seen on fire at 9.28pm.
Meanwhile, it has emereged the rail services to and from Spalding were disrupted for about five hours while investigations into the woman’s death were carried out.
A spokesman for East Midlands Trains, whose Doncaster to Peterborough services operate on the line, said: “No trains were able to run in either direction between Spalding and Peterborough during the time police were dealing with the incident.
“For customers, the position on Saturday was that scheduled train services ran between Doncaster, Lincoln and Spalding to connect with a rail replacement bus service operating between Spalding and Peterborough.
“Customers travelling between Lincoln and Peterborough were advised to use their ticket to travel via Newark Northgate, while those travelling between Sleaford and Peterborough were advised to use their ticket to travel via Grantham.”
A spokesman for Network Rail said: “We were made aware of an incident on the railway near Spalding at 8.12am on Saturday. “Some train services were cancelled, while others were diverted where possible, with the line reopening on 1.36pm.
“Services to the north of the incident were able to start and finish at Spalding station, but nothing went south of Spalding and nothing was able to come from the south towards Spalding either.
“At least one service was divert via Newark Northgate station.”
services to the north of the incident were able to start and finish at Spalding station. Nothing went south of Spalding UPDATE MONDAY 8AM: Woman (28) in ‘unexplained’ death on train line in Spalding
Police have confirmed today that a 28-year-old woman died after she was reportedly hit by a train near Spalding Rail Station over the weekend.
It happened in the area of Green Lane where reports of the accident were first received by police shortly before 8.20am on Saturday.
Officers from British Transport Police (BTP) and Lincolnshire Police attended the scene, along with paramedics from East Midlands Ambulance Service.
But the woman was pronounced dead at the scene and police are treating the fatality as “unexplained”.
A BTP spokesman said: “The woman’s family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers, whilst officers from BTP and Lincolnshire Police examine how she came to be on the tracks.
“A post mortem examination is due to take place later this week.”
Anyone with information about the accident should call BTP on 0800 405040, quoting reference 127 of October 8.
Alternatively, you can send a text to 61016.
SUNDAY 9.30AM: Woman dies after being struck by train near Spalding railway station
Rail services between Spalding and Peterborough have now resumed within the last hour after a woman was hit by a train and killed this morning (Saturday).
A British Transport Police spokesperson said: “BTP officers were called to the line near Spalding railway station following a report of a person struck by a train.
“Officers from BTP and Lincolnshire Police attended the incident, which was reported at 8.15am and the body of a woman was discovered.
“Enquiries are continuing to establish the identity of the woman and the circumstances leading to her death. The incident is currently being treated as unexplained.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the British Transport Police on freefone 0800 405040 quoting incident number 127 of 08/10/16 or crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
The investigation at the scene, believed to be in the area of a pedestrian footbridge over the line, just south of Winsover Road level crossing, disrupted trains between Spalding and Peterborough all morning, according to East Midlands Trains.
A witness in Spalding reported seeing a helicopter hovering, ambulances and police.
Another witness saw a big police presence with a house cordoned off on nearby Havelock Street and side streets blocked with police cars and residents were being questioned about whether they had seen any events leading up to the woman’s death.
A spokesman had said in a statement on the rail company’s website trains could only run between Doncaster/Lincoln and Spalding and all trains on the route between Spalding and Peterborough were halted, but services were resumed by 1.30pm.