'Your Thanet' reports the tragic death of a 17-year-old boy who fell on to the live rail at Westgate station on Frday evening, just before midnight.
When I first heard about this news, I did ask if the police if they could give me more information, as a ward councillor for Westgate but they declined under the Data Protection Act. Instead, it was my 14-year-old daughter who was able to give me the details and the name of the teenager involved, as it was a conversation point at her Westgate school on Monday.
I'm given to understand that he crossed the line to join his friends on the opposite side but then came in contact with the live rail.
This was a tragic and quite avoidable event and my deepest sympathy and I'm sure, that of the entire community goes to the boy's family. I've seen local children and teenagers crossing the line on several occasions now and other than the railway company offering constant education as to the dangers, I don't know what the solution to the problem is with a railway line neatly dividing our town and gaps in the embankment in between.