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Tributes paid to New Street Station fall student

Jeevan Singh Dhanda Image copyright Jeevan's family, via transport police
Image caption Jeevan Singh Dhanda died in hospital on 13 August

Tributes have been paid to an 18-year-old man who died almost a week after being found on railway tracks at Birmingham's New Street Station.

Jeevan Singh Dhanda, from Walsall, was discovered alongside a 30-year-old man on 7 August and died later in hospital.

British Transport Police said they had both suffered injuries consistent with falling from height.

Mr Dhanda's family said he had been a pupil at Queen Mary's Grammar School in Walsall.

In a statement, they said: "He recently completed his education, securing three A grades and was due to study economics at the University of Leeds, starting in September."

Emergency services were called to New Street Station shortly before 06:00 BST after reports of people on the line.

British Transport Police said they were treating the deaths as unexplained. It said it was not clear whether the two men knew each other or how they came to fall on to the tracks.

It said it understood Mr Dhanda had been to the Birmingham nightclub Snobs on the night before the fall.

Both men were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where Mr Dhanda was pronounced dead on 13 August.

The 30-year-old man from Handsworth, who has not yet been formally identified, died on Monday, four days after being discharged from hospital.

Mr Jeevan's family said the 18-year-old was also a keen hockey player and that Cannock Hockey Club was planning to retire his number 55 shirt.

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