Police have confirmed that the emergency incident at Farnworth Train Station yesterday was a fatality.

Emergency services were called to the train station just before 4pm to reports a person was on the tracks.

Police and ambulance attended the incident, and the station was cordoned off with all trains cancelled from Bolton to Manchester as an investigation into the tragic incident took place.

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A spokesman for British Transport Police said: “Officers were called to Farnworth railway station at around 3.54pm yesterday (8 July) following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

"Paramedics also attended, however sadly a person was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.”

Police officers left the scene just before 9pm and train services were able to resume as normal.

An inquest to ascertain the facts around the death will now take place.

A post on Farnworth and Kearsley First Group  page stated: "It was unfortunately confirmed as a fatality, just north of Farnworth Station, towards Moses Gate.

"The identity of the deceased is believed to be known from ID in their personal effects, but has not yet been formally identified by next of kin, who have been informed.

"No details of their identity, gender, age, locality will be released until this process is complete.

"The British Transport Police investigated, and therefore their interest in the scene, has concluded, and a file will be passed to the coroner for inquest in due course. The railway was cleared, cleaned and inspected before being handed back to Network Rail and reopened, the train crew were relieved of duty and entered into the chain of care welfare procedure, as per protocol, and no passengers on the train or the station platforms were injured."

It added: "On behalf of Farnworth and Kearsley First I would like to send our sincere condolences onto the individuals family, friends and anyone else affected by this incident.

"If anyone is affected by this incident and feels they need to talk to someone please reach out to the Samaritans by calling 116 123."