Three ‘graffiti artists in their 20s’ are hit and killed by train in south London as ‘spray cans are found near the bodies’ during rush-hour
- Three people died after being struck by a train at Loughborough Junction today
- British Transport Police were called to the scene near Brixton after 7.30am
- Officials are working to identify the victims and alert families of their deaths
- The force described the deaths as ‘unexplained’ as trains are delayed in this area
Police are today investigating the deaths of three people found dead together on one of London’s busiest rail lines after they were all struck by a train.
The bodies, said to be men in their twenties, were found close to Loughborough Junction near Brixton shortly after 7.30am today.
One theory is that they were a group of graffiti artists knocked down by one of the many freight trains that use the line through the night when passenger services don’t run between 1am and 5.30am.
Spraypaint cans were found by the bodies, which were lying next to a large wall covered in graffiti ‘tags’, one source said.
Detectives are also considering if the trio killed themselves deliberately.
The three people were declared dead at the scene by London Ambulance Service and their bodies were removed in bags and on stretchers this morning.
British Transport Police were called to Loughborough Junction (pictured) near Brixton shortly after 7.30am on Monday and found three bodies
Police prepare to carry away the bodies after the tragedy on the railways emerged today
Police are today walking the tracks and carrying out fingertip searches looking for evidence
The high bridge and its arches near Loughborough Junction are popular with graffiti artists who leave their ‘tags’ on the brickwork
The three people were declared dead at the scene by London Ambulance Service after they were found on one of Britain’s busiest rail junctions
Police were seen photographing the wall near where the bodies were found suggesting they could be graffiti artists
British Transport Police say the deaths are ‘unexplained’ and officers are trying to determine why the victims were on the tracks.
Some sources suggested they could be a group graffiti artists amid claims some spray cans were found by the bodies, which were lying next to a large wall.
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Police also need to find out if they were all struck by a rush hour train or hit overnight by the convoy of freight trains that use the line when passenger services stop for the night.
Train services in this area are being delayed while the investigation is being carried out.
Commuters are advised to check with National Rail Enquiries before travelling today.
Detective Superintendent Gary Richardson from British Transport Police said: ‘My team are now working hard to understand what happened and how these three people came to lose their life on the railway.
‘My thoughts are with the family and friends of these three people.’
The three bodies were found above high arches where trains pass through 24 hours a day
The force described the deaths as ‘unexplained’, as police are trying to determine how the victims ended up on the tracks
According to timetables, the first train passes through the station at 5.30am – but is believed they may have been struck by a freight train at night
Train services in this area are being delayed while the investigation is being carried out
He continued: ‘At this time, we are treating their death as unexplained as we make a number of immediate enquiries.
‘I would ask anyone who was near to Loughborough Junction this morning, and saw something which they think might be relevant, please contact us as soon as possible.’
According to timetables, the first train passes through the station at 5.30am.
The station is served by Thameslink, and platforms and tracks are above ground level.
Loughborough Junction is between Herne Hill and Elephant and Castle.
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