No-one found in police hunt for person ‘hit by train’

Police search near the level crossing in Station Road, South Luffenham, where a train driver reported that he had hit a person

Police search near the level crossing in Station Road, South Luffenham, where a train driver reported that he had hit a person

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POLICE have been unable to find evidence of a person struck by a train after a train driver said he thought he had hit someone.

Helicopters and sniffer dogs were used to search the area around the level crossing in Station Road, South Luffenham, yesterday (Monday) after a CrossCountry train driver reported his train had hit someone at about 1pm.

The search continued for several hours causing delays of up to two hours to services between Leicester and Peterborough.

But British Transport Police confirmed this morning that no-one had been found.

There had been concerns that the person hit was Steven Howells, 62, of Langham Lane, Burley, near Oakham, who was reported missing by a friend on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday Mr Howells was seen in South Luffenham and North Luffenham and yesterday (Monday) his car was found in Digby Drive, North Luffenham.

But because no evidence was found to say a person had been hit by a train, the search for Mr Howells is ongoing.

PC Tanya Lehane said: “We are really concerned for Steven’s welfare and would urge anyone with information about his current whereabouts to call police on 101.

Speaking yesterday, Insp Neil Hubbs of British Transport Police said: “At about 1pm we had a report from a train driver that he believed a person had been struck at the crossing at South Luffenham.

“We have attended the scene with the local police and no one has been found.

“An eye-witness saw someone in the vicinity at the time and we are investigating the incident to confirm whether someone was struck or if there was someone close to the train as it passed.”