Mystery still surrounds death of Carnforth teen

Alan Woods.
Alan Woods.

AN inquest has failed to solve the riddle surrounding the death of a Carnforth teenager whose body was found on railway tracks earlier this year.

Alan Woods, 17, from Prince Avenue, was last seen buying a bottle of Coke and a bag of Magic Stars chocolates from the Truckhaven truckstop on the A6 near Carnforth at 2.30am on June 18.

Just over three hours later, the driver of the 5.46am First Transpennine Express from Lancaster to Windermere glimpsed what was later identified as Mr Woods’ body on the railway line near Carnforth.

Dr Nicholas Mapstone, consultant pathologist at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, told an inquest at Lancaster Magistrates Court on Monday that Mr Woods suffered multiple injuries consistent with being hit by a train. The inquest also heard that police were initially told that Mr Woods had been pushed onto the railway line.

Det Sgt Glenn Lee, who led the investigation for British Transport Police (BTP) said: “I was made aware by an officer that a man named Anthony Marsden had made some comments about Alan Woods whilst under arrest for something else, saying he had been pushed and that ‘everyone knew this’.

See the Lancaster Guardian (10-11-11) for full story.