British Transport Police

11/07/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/07/2017 05:18

Murder enquiry launched after man’s death at Knockholt station – Kent

Detectives from British Transport Police have launched a murder investigation after the death of a man at Knockholt station on Sunday 5 November 2017.

Officers were called to the station at 00.05am on Monday 6 November following reports from a train driver that a body had been seen on the tracks near to the station.

The train service which reported seeing the body was the 11.40pm Sevenoaks to London Charing Cross service.

Initial scene examination indicated that the incident was not suspicious, however further enquiries have brought new information to light. Therefore detectives are now treating the man's death as suspicious and have launched a murder investigation.

Officers believe that shortly before 9.30pm on Sunday, the victim was chased into the station by another man. The victim was then chased onto the tracks. A short while later, the other man walked back onto the platform and exited the station.

Senior Investigating Officer DCI Paul Langley, said: 'Understandably this is an incredibly upsetting incident for this man's family and we have specialist family liaison officers offering them support. Whilst formal identification is yet to take place, we believe this man to be a 24-year-old from the Croydon area of London.

'A post mortem examination will take place in the coming days, from this we hope to understand exactly how this man died. In the meantime, we are trawling through all available CCTV and looking to speak with any witnesses or local residents who saw or heard anything.

'Knockholt station is in a rural location and I know that very few people are likely to have been in the area at the time when both the victim and suspect went onto the tracks. However, if you were in the area at the time and a man chasing another, please contact us as a matter of urgency.'

Anyone with any information can get in touch by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 3 of 06/11/2017. Alternatively, you can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.