Teenager killed after being hit by train near Wellingborough station

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Support services are being offered to pupils at a school attended by a teenager who was killed after being hit by a train on Monday evening.

Marcus Tilley, 16, died after being struck by a train between Kettering and Wellingborough.

British Transport Police (BTP) said Bishop Stopford School pupil, died at the scene but that there were no suspicious circumstances.

In a letter to parents and guardians, the school’s headteacher Margaret Holman said: “It is with great sadness that I report we were informed by authorities last night of the death of Marcus Tilley, a Year 12 student at Bishop Stopford School.

“We are profoundly shocked by this news, and our thoughts and prayers are with Marcus’ family and close friends.

“Marcus achieved highly in his GCSEs in the summer and had just begun his A Level studies. He was a popular, hard-working and committed student who will be deeply missed by all of us.

“Support services are being put in place in school for any students and staff who need help at this difficult time.”

A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “BTP were called to the line close to Harrowden Junction in Wellingborough on Monday, November 4, after a report that a person had been struck by a train.

“Colleagues from Northamptonshire Police attended the incident which was reported to BTP at 4.44pm and is currently being treated as non-suspicious.

“Medics from the East Midlands Ambulance Service also attended but the boy was pronounced dead at the scene.

“His family have been informed and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

East Midlands Trains services to and from Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and London St Pancras were disrupted as a result of the incident, with all lines blocked at one stage.