British Transport Police probe death of soldier at railway line in Wythenshawe

The soldier was understood to be based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.

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British Transport Police are investigating the death of a soldier who was found on a railway line in Manchester.

BTP were called out to the incident on Sunday afternoon.

A BTP spokesman said: “British Transport Police were called the line in Wythenshawe, Manchester, at 4.17pm on 6 February following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

Paramedics also attended, however, sadly a man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“This incident is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.”

It is understood the soldier was based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire.

In a separate incident, a second soldier was found dead at the Catterick base on Saturday.

An Army spokesman said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm the death of two soldiers.

“Our thoughts are with the families and friends of both soldiers and we ask that their privacy is respected at this sad and difficult time.

“The deaths, which took place at Catterick Garrison and Manchester, are not connected.”

Catterick Garrison is home to several Army units, including the 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and the Royal Lancers.

It is one of the largest British Army garrisons in the world covering more than 10 square kilometres and one of the largest Infantry Training Centres in the UK.