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Operation ABAKA - Unidentified fatalities

British Transport Police are re-investigating a number of non suspicious deaths across the railway network where the deceased persons have never been identified. There was nothing suspicious in any of these deaths but, despite significant enquiries at the time, their identities remain unconfirmed. It is hoped that if these new enquiries are successful, the next of kin may be traced, which will allow their families and friends to have some closure with regards to their disappearance.

Detectives are appealing for information regarding fatal incidents at the following locations

Operation Servan

Clayton Tunnel near Hassocks Station, West Sussex on Tuesday 20th September 2005 at 3.35pm.  

Male, 30-40 years old, white European, short black straight hair, facial stubble, stocky or average build, size 8 Reebok trainers, charcoal grey long sleeve V neck top with RGD logo on front, Ben Sherman jeans.

Operation Nantes

Wymondley Bridge near to Hitchin Station, Hertfordshire on Wednesday 10th December 2003 at 8.05pm. 

White, male, 5’9" to 5’10" tall, aged about 30-40 years old, average build, brown short hair, clean shaven, possibly has a cleft palate and hernia scar, brown shoes (no size) blue jeans, blue socks, blue shirt - size small (George brand Asda), brown parka with clothing label ‘Emos’, wearing a wedding ring.

Operation Lyon

Oakleigh Park Railway Station on Sunday 28th September 2003 at 8.30pm. 

White, male 35-40 years

Operation Toulon

Canterbury East Railway Station, Kent on Sunday 27th October 2001 at 7pm.

Male,white 5’8” – 5’9”, proportionate build, short dark brown hair (receeding). Wearing dark blue trousers, blue boxer shorts, light blue vest, light blue and white checked ‘lumberjack’ padded shirt’ Classic Casual ‘, black ’bomber style’ jacket made by ‘Nashville’ – Design of London , black knee length football type sock.

Operation Metz

Manor Park railway station, Newham, London on Wednesday 10th January 2001 at 11pm.

Male, white, 30 – 40 years of age, stocky build, dark collar length hair, wearing a blue jacket or fleece, brown corduroy trousers and a dark coloured woolly hat.

Operation Cannes

Mile End Sand Yard near to Bethnal Green Station, London on Saturday 22nd April 2000 at 11.05am. 

White male about 25 years old, 5’10" tall.Wearing a green jumper and a dark blue shirt over a light blue shirt, denim jeans, brown Kicker shoes (size 8.5). 

Operation Arras

South Kenton railway station on Wednesday 13th January 1999 at 11.07pm.

Male, white, 50 – 60 years, proportionate build, grey hair, blue eyes, faint scar on left side of chest. Wearing a black raincoat, tan coloured suit jacket, blue stripped shirt, red check neck scarf.  Blue tie with Sea Princess logo, 'Next' brand red neck scarf. Seiko quartz watch with metal strap, silver coloured Parker pen, train ticket from Harlesden zones, empty rail card wallet, 'patients property' empty green carrier bag.

Operation Dijon

Hornsey Railway station on Sunday 31st March 1996 at 9.50pm.

Male, aged in mid 20’s, 5’0” tall, medium build, dark brown collar length hair, moustache and goatee beard. Wearing blue jeans, blue and white striped shirt, black leather zip jacket, brown lace up boots. Gold coloured plastic fob with 1 Key Silica (uni3), 1 Mortice Key (Legge), H371 Yale key 




Contact Information

If you think you have any information which may assist the investigation team please follow the link below and complete the form. One of our investigators will then contact you.