A PERSON died on the railway line at Parkstone after an incident on Wednesday afternoon.

Police were called to the station just after midday.

All trains between Bournemouth and Weymouth were suspended throughout the afternoon.

A spokesperson from British Transport Police said: “Officers were called at 12.05pm to Parkstone station in Poole following a report of a casualty on the tracks.

“Paramedics also attended.

“However, sadly a person has been pronounced dead.

“Officers are currently working to identify the person and establish the circumstances behind their death.”

In a statement released to rail passengers during the afternoon yesterday, a spokesperson from South Western Railway said: “Due to emergency services dealing with an incident between Bournemouth and Weymouth all lines are blocked.

“Train services running to and from these stations may be cancelled, delayed or revised. Disruption is expected until 6pm.

“Our response teams are working with the emergency services to assist with the incident.

“In order to allow emergency services access to the railway, all power to the track will need to be switched off in the affected area.

“For further information or onward travel advice please speak to a member of staff or use a station help point.

“We are very sorry for any delay that this may cause.”

The incident happened just one day after an event to promote Mental Health Awareness Week was held at Bournemouth railway station.

Dr Andrew Mayers, principal academic in psychology at Bournemouth University, teamed up with representatives from a range of organisations to give advice on mental health services available in Dorset.

They include Dorset Mind, Dorset Healthcare, Acts Fast, The Shores, Dorset Parent Infant Partnership (DorPip) and the Samaritans.

  • The Samaritans are available 24/7 by calling 116 123 n Dorset Mind is available on 01202 551660