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15-year-old boy dies after being struck by train - Birtley Junction, Newscastle Upon Tyne


Kieran Ash

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British Transport Police can now confirm that around 7.10am this morning, Monday, 9 May 2016 a 15-year-old boy, Kieran Ash from Chester-le-Street, died after being struck by a train in the vicinity of Birtley Junction, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

His family has asked that the attached photograph be issued and in tribute to Kieran said:
“Kieran was a loving son and brother to the whole family. We are devastated by the news and Kieran will be dearly missed by all who knew him.”
There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and a file will be prepared for the local coroner.

Kieran’s family has asked that they are now given time to come to terms with their loss.

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