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19/08/2014 12:20:00
Family pays tribute to loving son who died following incident near Birmingham New Street rail station

The family of an 18-year-old man who died in hospital almost a week after suffering injuries in an incident near to Birmingham New Street rail station on the morning of Thursday, 7 August, has today paid tribute to him.

Jeevan Singh Dhanda, who was aged 18 and from Walsall, was found with injuries on the railway tracks near the northern end of Birmingham New Street station along with a 30-year-old man from Handsworth after officers were called to the scene at 5.49am.

BTP believes both men’s injuries were consistent with having fallen from height. Both men were taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where Mr Dhanda, sadly, died on Wednesday, 13 August.

The 30-year-old man was discharged from hospital on Thursday, 14 August, but BTP was informed that he, too, had sadly died on Monday, 18 August.

Specialist officers are providing support to the families of both men at this extremely difficult time.

Today, in a tribute to Mr Dhanda issued via BTP, his family said:

"Jeevan was a loving son and brother and will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him. He was a pupil at Queen Mary's Grammar School, Walsall. He recently completed his education, securing 3 ‘A’ grades and was due to study Economics at University of Leeds, starting in September.

“Jeevan was an accomplished hockey player, playing for school, club and county. Cannock Hockey Club committee have said ‘not withstanding his ability on a hockey field he is the sort of member who we, rightly, should be very proud of. That is why we have taken the decision to retire Jeev's playing shirt and number 55 with immediate effect. This is a sad day in the history of Cannock Hockey Club’.

Jeevan's family added: "Jeevan was a beacon of love and happiness who bought joy to everyone who knew him - our lives will never be the same without him and we were privileged to have had him for a short 18 years. Jeevan loved life and loved his friends and family equally.

“We would like to thank British Transport Police for their unwavering support during this tragedy. Also, as a family we cannot find enough words to convey our gratitude to all the doctors and nurses who looked after Jeevan in Critical Care unit B at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Birmingham. The care, compassion and professionalism of all the staff was exceptional.

“The family asks that members of the media respect our privacy and allow us to grieve in private and without disturbance at this extremely difficult time.”

Meanwhile, British Transport Police officers are continuing to follow up a number of lines of enquiry to establish the full facts which led to the incident.

Anyone who believes they can help is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting incident reference 57 of 07/08/14.

Notes to Editors:

Please find attached a photograph of Jeevan Singh Dhanda, supplied by his family. If you are experiencing difficulty downloading it, please visit


For more information contact:

Brian Price.
British Transport Police - C Division Western and Midlands
t:0121 781 1128
m:07787 002 747

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British Transport Police is the specialist, national police service for Britain’s railways. BTP deals with major and minor crime, disorder and incidents, and covers the rail system in England, Wales and Scotland, including London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, the Glasgow Subway and the Midland Metro and Croydon Tramlink systems. Its 2,880 police officers, 376 Police Community Support Officers, 251 Special Constables and 1,451 support staff are recruited and trained like those of local forces and have the same powers. Find out more at


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