August 19th, 2010

Closing the cases

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Police are trying to identify people who have been killed by trains over the last 35 years. A forensic artist has made portrait drawings from old mortuary photographs in an effort to try & identify the people whose families will, presumably, never have found out what happened to their loved ones.

The item was on the BBC News tonight & featured a mother who had recently been told that her son was killed on the railway line after years of not knowing what happened to him.

I imagine there will be  more than those 20 who remain unidentified whose bodies were not in a fit state to have a photo taken of their face. The first dead body I saw was on a railway line. One of my early night shifts as a probabtioner PC. He had laid on the track & got his head run over.

As the youngest in service, I had to walk the line with the black bin liner.

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7 comments

  1. shijuro says:

    me too…

    For me the surreal sight of a severed foot just lying on the ground, is one of the memories I would rather not have…

    August 20th, 2010 at 05:49

  2. rafanon says:

    omg, 200 we may have met in a previous life! When I was in the ambulance service I was called to a “jumper” and I had to go with a pc to find the head, which we found about 50m up the line!

    August 20th, 2010 at 10:41

  3. boy on a bike says:

    I worked with a bloke who had several photo albums of railway fatalities (he had been a railway worker and had attended plenty of them). I still remember the case of the bloke who lay down between the rails – he had started off quite fat. Instead of the train running him over and chopping him into several bits, the cow catcher grabbed him and rubbed him over the sleepers for a kilometre or so. The edge of the sleepers acted like a mandoline, and thin sliced him. Nothing like turning a page and going, “Oh look, the kidneys”. Most unpleasant.

    August 20th, 2010 at 10:54

  4. Civ_In_The_City says:

    I`m going to repeat myself here. The situation 200 describes is precisely why some civilian staff in police forces object to attempts to have us all, police and civilians alike, described as simply ‘police staff’.

    We may be equal in a large variety of ways, and when out of uniform of course, but trying to imply our roles are equal just by using a feeble ‘umbrella’ term is to dramatically miss the point.

    being a police officer is not just a job, that why it is sometimes simply referred to as ‘job’.

    (Ditto fire service, ambo etc)

    August 20th, 2010 at 11:03

  5. Rufus says:

    An old friend of mine had a similarly nasty experience while attending a horrific RTA (he was a fireman). While they were running around chopping off roofs he inadvertently kicked a motorcycle helmet that he thought had been thrown out of one of the cars involved. His (and before he told me this story, my) instinctive reaction was to reach out and stop it spinning.

    Turns out that the helmet was “occupied” and their three-vehicle was actually a four-vehicle with what was left of the biker in the ditch on the far side of a hedge.

    August 20th, 2010 at 12:18

  6. R/T says:

    I went to an eejit who had tried to beat the Portsmouth Harbour fast train and failed. Cut in half. If you know the Iron Maiden LP when Eddie is “floating” with his spine out, that’s what it looked like. Truly gruesome. All in a day’s work. (Esp when there’s “No BTP available”. If I had £1 for every time I’ve heard that I’d be living on The Maldives.

    August 20th, 2010 at 21:22

  7. Tony F says:

    I was very fortunate to miss the Lockerbie meat party, by being ill.One of the few times I was pleased to be ill. I envy not those involved in any thing similar.

    August 21st, 2010 at 20:45

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