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Train delays on East Coast Main Line after body found

Hundreds of passengers were stranded on trains, some for four hours, after a body was found on a railway line.

Services were stopped on the East Coast Main Line at about 21:00 BST on Sunday after a man's body was found in Stoke Tunnel, near Grantham, Lincolnshire.

British Transport Police (BTP) declared the line open again at 01:49 on Monday.

Seven northbound and six southbound East Coast trains, carrying 1,800 people, were affected. Inquiries to establish the man's identity continue.

One train was stopped in a tunnel and another was halted in an open area, while the rest were sitting at stations, an East Coast spokesman said.

'Different way'

He added: "It's frustrating for our customers. In this situation we are entirely in the hands of BTP."

BTP officers and Lincolnshire Police attended the scene, near Great Ponton, after receiving reports of a body on the line.

A BTP spokesman said in a statement: "The incident is currently being treated as unexplained. A file will be prepared for the coroner.

"The train involved has yet to be established and inquiries are ongoing."

Explaining the length of time it took to reopen the line, Insp Chris Fellows, of BTP, said: "Because the death is unexplained it is treated in a different way from a non-suspicious death.

"As we don't have an immediate explanation certain things have to be done, such as a forensic examination of the site, before we can remove the body and reopen the line."

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