16-year-old boy dies in train tragedy

Jake Bowles, 16, who was hit by a train near Burnham

Jake Bowles, 16, who was hit by a train near Burnham

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SCORES of tributes have been pouring in for a teenager who was killed after being hit by a train near Burnham.

Jake Bowles, 16, of Lympsham, died on Sunday when a train hit him on a stretch of track near Highbridge and Burnham Station.

Friends have been leaving condolences and memories of the Brymore Academy student on his Facebook page, describing him as having “a heart of gold”.

Abigail May Butterfield wrote: “RIP to Jake Bowles; such a beautiful friendly person that had such a kind heart! My love goes to all his family and friends that are going through such a hard time, hard to believe I saw you just the other day! Rest in peace.”

Jake’s aunt, Sarah McCormack, wrote: “Goodnight to my beautiful, kind, funny and much loved nephew! Totally heartbroken. I have and always will love you to the moon and back. Be at rest Jake I love you so much. Thoughts with your Mum, Steve and sisters.”

Another friend, Alex Tyler wrote: “Jake Bowles; so many great memories I have with you. You taught me many things when we were younger, I will never forget them. You were a great friend who I will miss greatly along with all of your friends and family. RIP Jake.”

Maisie Horwood wrote: “Cherishing the memories we shared together when we were younger. You'll be remembered for being such a genuine person to everyone and such a laugh to be around; heart of gold. My love and thoughts go out to your family during this tragic time. RIP Jake x x.”

Alex Clement Close wrote: “Jake I have so many good memories with you and I cannot believe what has happened. You really were a gentleman and a good laugh! Sweet dreams poppet.”

Harry Bartlett said: “RIP bud, thoughts go out to all family and friends. He was one of the best people I have had the pleasure to meet. You will never be forgotten.”

Gabriella Siangolis wrote: “RIP Jake Bowles, truly an amazing person, always put his friends first before anyone else, he had a heart of gold.”

Police were called to a stretch of railway line on May 25 just before 9pm, following reports that a person had been struck by a train.

A spokesman for British Transport Police (BTP) said: “Our officers attended, alongside colleagues from Avon and Somerset Police and South Western Ambulance Service, and discovered a 16-year-old local boy had been struck and killed by a train. At this stage the incident is not being treated as suspicious and BTP officers, who are supporting the deceased’s family, will assist in the compilation of a report for the coroner.”

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