Man found dead on railway line is named

Liam Thompson. (S)
Liam Thompson. (S)

A man found dead next to the railway line in Burnley on New Year’s Day has been named by British Transport Police.

Officers are appealing for help from the public to piece together the final movements of 20-year-old Liam Thompson, from Burnley, who was found near Towneley Crossing by Hufling Lane, following reports of a body being seen on the track.

He was discovered shortly before 8-30am yesterday and was pronounced dead at the scene. At this stage his death is not being treated as suspicious.

Officers are now working to find out what happened in the hours leading up to Mr Thompson’s death.

Det. Insp. Glen Alderson said: “We know he was last seen just before midnight in Burnley town centre where he was out celebrating with friends.

“Liam’s family have released a photo and are appealing for anyone who may have seen him from just before midnight until the early hours of New Year’s Day when he was discovered to come forward.

“They just need to know how he ended up by the tracks, and I would urge anyone who can help us give them the answers they need to contact us.”

Anyone with information can call British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or text the force on 61016 quoting reference 236 of January 1st, 2016.

Alternatively, information can also be given to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.