Update: Police name woman, 25, struck by train at Brandon

POLICE have today named a woman who died on the railway line near Brandon.

Tracey Henman, 25, who lived on a barge on the River Little Ouse, died at the scene after being struck by a freight train between Brandon and Santon Downham on Monday.

At about 8.30pm on Monday, Suffolk police received a call concerned a domestic incident on a boat on the River Little Ouse and officers were making active inquiries when just after 9.30pm a train driver reported his train had struck a person.

Ms Henman’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

Officers from Suffolk police and British Transport Police are working to establish what happened prior to Ms Henman’s death.


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At around 4.30am on Tuesday a 45-year-old man from the Brandon area was arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment.

He was taken into custody at Bury St Edmunds police station and questioned before being released on police bail, to return on April 26.

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Officers are renewing their appeal to trace a woman who was spotted on the riverside and the boat in Brandon on Monday afternoon.

The barge was moored near the Brandon Ram, when at some point the woman is believed to have got onto the boat.

The woman is described as in her late 50s or early 60s with grey, blonde hair.

She was wearing a lilac jacket and a hat and had a purple mountain bike with her at the moorings.

Police also want to speak to anyone who may have seen a woman in distress in the forest around Santon Downham on Monday night prior to 9.30pm.

Calls should be made to West Suffolk CID on 01473 613500.

As there was police involvement in the incident Suffolk Constabulary has referred it to the Independent Police Complaints Commission as a matter of course.

- Do you know Ms Henman? Would you like to pay tribute? Call the newsdesk on 01473 324736.

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