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Two electrocuted on track may have been train surfing

Tragic: Police are investigating the deaths on tracks near Stratford station PICTURE: lNP

TWO people found dead on rail tracks may have been train surfers or graffiti artists, say police.

Both victims — who have not been named — were electrocuted between Hackney Wick and Stratford stations, in east London, early yesterday.

Emergency services were called at around 1am and found a person dead on the tracks with injuries consistent with electrocution, the British Transport Police said.

The second casualty was found at 2.31am on tracks close to Stratford.

One victim was a male in his 20s. Investigators are still trying to establish the identity of the second victim, a BTP spokesman said.

‘The train tracks between Stratford and Hackney Wick are served by an overhead power line which is electrified,’ he said.

‘We are looking into the possibility that the victims were train surfers or graffiti artists.

‘We are not ruling out either at this stage of the investigation.’ He would ‘not speculate’ on a theory it is more likely the pair were train surfers because of the overhead power lines. But the deaths are being linked, he said.

Det Chf Insp Tim Tubbs, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘I would ask anyone who was near Stratford or Hackney Wick and saw something which they think might be relevant to contact us.’

Anyone with information should call 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016.