Confusion after deer is struck by train

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A deer was struck and killed by a train near Kettering at about 2pm today (Wednesday, February 6).

Initial reports by British Transport Police said a man had been killed at the Harrowden Junction, between Wellingborough and Kettering.

However, after carrying out a search of the area, police officers said the information was incorrect and that a deer had been struck.

East Midlands Trains have said services between Bedford and Corby and Leicester were affected by the incident, with delays of up to an hour.

A spokesman for British Transport Police (BTP) said: “Officers from BTP and Northamptonshire Police attended and searched the area but there was no trace of an injured person or body.

“A dead deer was found next to the tracks and police believe this may have been hit by the train.”