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Schoolboy who died on tracks at Chertsey named as 14-year-old Sam Connor

Schoolboy who died on tracks at Chertsey named as 14-year-old Sam Connor

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 5:33pm 18th July 2019. (Updated at 3:53pm 19th July 2019)

Detectives investigating the death of a school boy at Chertsey station have named him as Sam Connor.

The 14-year-old died on the tracks on  Monday (July 15) and it later emerged he was a Year 9 pupil at Salesian School.

British Transport Police say their initial investigation suggest it 'may have been a deliberate act'.

Officers have issued an update this afternoon (July 18) and say the incident remains an "active investigation".

They say Sam's family have had their "lives shattered by the dreadful news" and have expressed their "deepest sorrow". 

Detective Inspector Darren Gough, from British Transport Police, said: 

“I understand there has been a great amount of speculation around the moments leading to Sam’s death and I would like to provide a brief update on the investigation being lead by BTP.

"This continues to be an active investigation, however our initial enquiries suggest that tragically, this may have been a deliberate act. Of course, our investigation is on going  and we will provide our evidence to HM Coroner as part of an inquest into Sam’s death. 
"We have deployed specially trained family liaison officers to Sam's family and will continue to provide them with as much support as possible. 

“As the family come to terms with the loss of Sam, they have requested absolute privacy. I would therefore ask that the media and the public provide them with the space, and time necessary for them to grieve.”  

An inquest into the death of Sam Connor will be opened at Woking Coroners Court on Tuesday 23 July.

The death is not currently being treated as suspicious. 
For confidential support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, contact Samaritans on 116 123.


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