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No body found after reports of casualty on Stortford train tracks prompts search by emergency services

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Bishops Stortford Site Pics. BS Rail Station Taxi rank. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (8030489)
Bishops Stortford Site Pics. BS Rail Station Taxi rank. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (8030489)

A full-scale land and air search was sparked by reports of a casualty on the railway tracks at Bishop’s Stortford – but no body was found.

It is believed the operation on Friday evening (March 22) was sparked by a trespasser on Abellio Greater Anglia’s West Anglia line close to Grange Paddocks.

A spokeswoman for British Transport Police said: “British Transport Police were called to the track close to Bishop’s Stortford following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

“Officers attended the scene, alongside colleagues from Hertfordshire police, the ambulance service and the National Police Air Service, and conducted an extensive search of the tracks and surrounding areas. However, no casualty was located.”

On Friday, Greater Anglia told passengers a person had been hit by a northbound train north of Bishop's Stortford, resulting in the railway line between London and Cambridge being temporarily blocked and a raft of replacement buses being drafted in.

The train involved was the 7.09pm from Liverpool Street to Cambridge, which stops at Stortford and leaves at 7.49pm.

A spokeswoman for East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust said that crews were called around 8pm but no trace of a patient was found.

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