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Ballymena: nine year old dies following scrambler accident

A crash involving two scramblers in Ballymena has left a nine-year-old boy dead and a 13-year-old seriously injured.

The tragic accident happened in the Dunclug area of the town just before 5 pm yesterday (Thursday 15). The nine-year-old has been named locally as Charlie Joyce.

Charlie Joyce
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The Second 13-year-old boy was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast, where he is said to remain in critical condition.

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Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has expressed his condolences following the tragic death of the young boy.

The North Antrim MLA said: “The local community has been shocked and saddened at this tragedy. It is particularly devastating given the age of the young boy.

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“My thoughts and sympathies are obviously with his family, his young friends and his loved ones.

MP for North Antrim Ian Paisleyalso offered his sympathies to the boys family.

“To the young people and families involved like everyone our thoughts are with them. They are foremost in our prayers,” said Mt Paiskey.

“I have today arranged to speak with the police about the matter. And will discuss some proposals about ensuring these circumstances can be avoided in the future.

“Once again we are indebted to the Air Ambulance and the emergency services who worked so professionally to get the children the medical assistance they needed.”

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