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Body recovered from main line near Chester-le-Street delaying rush-hour services
MAIN railway services were affected on the North-East network at rush hour today following the discovery of a body on the line.
A train driver reported seeing the body on the Main East Coast line north of Chester-le-Street, at about 7.10am.
It led to an immediate suspension of services, affecting four train operators, between Newcastle and Darlington, while Network Rail and British Transport Police (BTP) attended the scene to remove the body.
The all clear was given by 8.45am enabling a gradual resumption of full services on the line, although there were said to be some “residual delays”.
A Durham Police spokeswoman said this morning: “BTP are dealing with the body, which was found between Chester-le-Street and Ouston cross-over.
“It is believed to be the body of a man in his thirties.
“The body has been removed from the scene.”
BTP confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
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