Pictured: ‘Happy-go-lucky’ Everton fan, 12, who died after being electrocuted

A 12-year-old ‘happy-go-lucky’ Everton fan died after being electrocuted while playing near high-voltage railway lines.

James Myers clambered on to the high voltage train network in Bootle, Merseyside, at around 7pm last night.

A neighbour said James and his friends had returned to that section of railway line to retrieve something which they had lost on the track last weekend.

He said he heard possibly one train go past while James was on the line, and he quickly implored police to cut the electricity off.

James Myers, 12, died after being electrocuted while playing near high-voltage railway lines in Bootle, Merseyside

James was with a friend, also 12, when he go on to the train line and suffered severe injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Today, shocked friends paid tribute to the boy, describing him as a ‘happy-go-lucky lad’ who was the middle in age of three brothers. 

At the scene a little Everton FC teddy bear was pinned to the railings.    

One friend said: ‘I’ve known James for years, he’s one of my little brother’s best friends.

A neighbour said James and his friends had returned to that section of railway line to retrieve something which they had lost on the track last weekend

A neighbour said James and his friends had returned to that section of railway line to retrieve something which they had lost on the track last weekend

‘He was a happy-go-lucky lad, and everyone would look out for him.

‘He was very energetic, and never had any fears in his life.

‘I feel for his mum and dad so much, it’s shocking.

‘His older brother is heartbroken.’

Neighbour Sonia Melton, 33, said her 11-year-old son was friends with James.

She said: ‘We’re in bits, my heart goes out to his mum.

‘He was a lovely kid, they’re all lovely kids round here. My son used to play out with him.’ 

This morning flowers were laid at the scene with a message from his devastated girlfriend, 14. Referencing the Rihanna song Diamonds, she wrote: 'Shine bright like a diamond. You were the happiest little boy. You will be missed. By your girl'

This morning flowers were laid at the scene with a message from his devastated girlfriend, 14. Referencing the Rihanna song Diamonds, she wrote: ‘Shine bright like a diamond. You were the happiest little boy. You will be missed. By your girl’

One man, who is close to James’ older brother, added: ‘James was never scared of anything, but he was a sensible lad, who was doing well in school. 

‘Last night, his brother rang me, crying, and said, I think he’s dead.

‘I went to see him, he was in a state…he doesn’t know what to do.

‘All I can do is support him and be there for him as much as I can.

‘Something needs to be done about safety on the tracks…he[James] must have jumped over.

‘I’ve seen kids up at Seaforth jumping on the tracks..why is nothing done to stop them?

‘It’s heartbreaking, we have lost a good soul. 

Network Rail, who manage the railway where the tragedy happened, said they had launched an immediate investigation.

Police probing the death described it as a ‘incredibly tragic incident’.

In an updated statement, the British Transport Police said: ‘We can confirm that a 12-year-old boy sadly died on the railway in Bootle, Merseyside last night.

‘Officers from British Transport Police were called to the lines in Bootle shortly after 7pm last night following reports of a casualty on the tracks.

‘Paramedics from the North West Ambulance service also attended, and a 12-year-old boy from the local area was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

A 12-year-old child was found dead yesterday on this stretch of rail line in Bootle, Merseyside

A 12-year-old child was found dead yesterday on this stretch of rail line in Bootle, Merseyside 

‘His injuries were consistent with electrocution and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

‘The boy’s family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.’

Neighbour Jimmy Ellison was walking his dog in the area when he came across James’ desperate 12-year-old friend, the Echo reported earlier today.

The 65-year-old said: ‘I could hear this kid, shouting, and then I saw him jump down off the bridge.

‘He was saying, ‘help me, help me, mister! Don’t leave me!’

The youngster was ‘in hysterics’ and was still in his school uniform.

Maintenance workers this morning by the tracks, where safety checks are being carried out

Maintenance workers this morning by the tracks, where safety checks are being carried out 

The married dad-of-four added: ‘I never saw the lad. The boy said he had a phone, and jumped down onto the subway floor.

‘I told him, ”you dial the number and I’ll talk to them’.

‘I talked to the police on the phone.

‘When they arrived they[officers] were all on top of the bridge and they had a small torch while they were looking as it was dark.

‘Then the firefighters turned up with their big lights so we could see better. 

‘I haven’t stopped crying all night.’

Mr Ellison said the boy told him the lads had returned to that section of railway line to retrieve something which they had lost on the track last weekend.

Mr Ellison said he heard possibly one train go past while James was on the line, and he quickly implored police to cut the electricity off, he added.

He added: ‘I was a nervous wreck. It’s tragic, it really is.’ 

This morning flowers were laid at the scene with a message from his devastated girlfriend, 14. Referencing the Rihanna song Diamonds, she wrote: ‘Shine bright like a diamond. You were the happiest little boy. You will be missed. By your girl.’ 

Several cards were left at the scene today, including one which read: ‘A golden heart stopped beating. Two shining eyes closed tight.

‘Goodnight god Bless you beautiful boy. Thinking of all your family. GBNF.’  

The stretch of railway line near to where the boy was killed pictured this morning

The stretch of railway line near to where the boy was killed pictured this morning

A major emergency response was sent to the area near Bedford Road in Bootle, Merseyside, after reports of a 'casualty' on the tracks at around 7pm

A major emergency response was sent to the area near Bedford Road in Bootle, Merseyside, after reports of a ‘casualty’ on the tracks at around 7pm

Emergency services remained on the tracks for several hours yesterday, with rail services cancelled as police, ambulance and fire crews all carried out their investigations. 

The stretch from Sandhills to Waterloo on the Northern Line had its electricity supply switched off last night as workers rushed to reach the body. Track staff also inspected fencing to see how the line was accessed. 

A large emergency service presence could be seen at Bedford Road, including a fire engine, ambulance and several police cars.

Pictures showed officers taking photographs of an underpass underneath the rail tracks, where an area was cordoned off. 

Rail services were suspended between Sandhills and Hall Road while emergency services investigated the incident.  

The emergency services remained on the tracks for several hours last night, with rail services cancelled as police, ambulance and fire crews all carried out their investigations

The emergency services remained on the tracks for several hours last night, with rail services cancelled as police, ambulance and fire crews all carried out their investigations

A British Transport Police spokesman said: ‘His injuries were consistent with electrocution and the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

‘The boy’s family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.’ 

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Lewis added : ‘This is an incredibly tragic incident which I know will have shocked many in the local community.

‘I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the boy’s family and request that they are given the space and privacy they need to come to terms with this devastating loss.

‘While we have no reason to be believe there were any suspicious circumstances to this incident, we are still working to establish the full circumstances behind the boy’s death.

‘I would like to appeal to anyone in the area who may have seen two young boys close to the tracks around this time to get in touch with us.

‘You can do so by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 488 of 14/10/19.’ 

The death followed reports two children of the same age had been seen on the same stretch of tracks

The death followed reports two children of the same age had been seen on the same stretch of tracks