Arrest after woman dies on Suffolk rail line

A 45-year-old man has been arrested after a woman died on a railway line in Suffolk on Monday night.

A train driver contacted police just after 2130 GMT reporting that the train had struck someone a short distance from Santon Downham, near Brandon.

An hour earlier police had taken a call about a domestic incident in Brandon.

The arrested man has been released on bail until 26 April. The case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Not suspicious

The death of the woman, believed to be 25 years old, is not being treated as suspicious.

British Transport Police and Suffolk Police are jointly carrying out an investigation.

A post-mortem examination found that the woman died as a result of being struck by a train, police said.

Formal identification is yet to take place, but her family has been notified and the coroner has also been informed.

Boat ride

Officers want to speak to a woman reported to have been at the riverside and on a boat in Brandon on Monday afternoon.

Det Insp Andy Footer, of Suffolk Police, said: "The boat was tied up at moorings near the Brandon Ram on Monday afternoon.

"At some point during the afternoon the woman got onto the vessel, spoke to the occupants and took a ride along the river in the boat.

"We need to trace her as she may be able to assist our investigation.

"She is described as in her late 50s or early 60s with grey or blonde hair, and was wearing a lilac jacket.

"She had a purple mountain bike with her at the moorings."

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