A 12-year-old boy died after being electrocuted on rail lines near Liverpool.
Police were called to a lane in Bootle shortly after 7 pm Monday – as well as an ambulance and a fast response vehicle.
But the young man, named locally as James, was pronounced dead on the spot.
His injuries were "consistent with electrocution" and the incident is not being treated as a suspect, a British Transport Police spokeswoman said.
The young man's family is being supported by family liaison officers.
Neighbor Sonia Melton said her 11-year-old son was a friend of the boy who died.
The boy was pronounced dead Monday night
The 33-year-old added: "We're in pieces, my heart is with his mother.
"He was a lovely boy – they are all lovely children around here. My son used to play with him."
Flowers were left on rails beside the train tracks.
One group displayed the message: "It sparkles like a diamond. You were the happiest boy. You'll miss Ellie."
"This is an incredibly tragic incident that I know has shocked many in the local community," said DCI Steve Lewis.
"Although we have no reason to believe that there were suspicious circumstances in this incident, we are still working to establish the complete circumstances behind the boy's death."
"I would like to appeal to anyone in the area who may have seen two boys on the slopes at this time to contact us."
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