Tributes to railway death student Nicholas Howells

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The family of a student whose body was found on live railway lines near a Sussex railway station has said he was "deeply loved" by all who knew him.

Nicholas Howells, 20, from Reading in Berkshire, was found with serious burn injuries on tracks near Falmer station in the early hours of Wednesday.

Paramedics tried to revive him but he was declared dead at the scene.

His death is not being treated as suspicious and officers said it appeared to be a "tragic accident".

Mr Howell's family said he was a keen rugby player who was studying business studies at Sussex University.

In a statement, the family said: "Nicholas was a fantastic son, brother and friend to many. He was deeply loved by those that knew him."

Insp Gary Ancell, of British Transport Police, said: "This is a sad reminder of the need to take care when near railway lines."

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