Antrim scrambler bike incident: Police 'following definite line of inquiry' after boy injured in crash
A nine-year-old boy has been injured after being hit by a scrambler motorbike in Northern Ireland, police have said.
The accident happened at Mossley Pavilion in Carnmoney Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, at about 8.45pm on Monday.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland said an investigation has been launched and officers are following a definite line of inquiry about the identity of the motorcyclist.
The injured boy was said to be in a stable condition in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.
A PSNI spokesperson said: "We are appealing for witnesses following a collision between a scrambler and a juvenile at Mossley Pavilion, which occurred on Monday, October 3 at approximately 8.45pm.
"A young person was taken to hospital following this collision and an investigation is ongoing.
"If you witnessed this incident or have any information, we request that you get in touch with us on 101 quoting the reference number 1309 03/10/2016 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111."
The issue of the law regarding the use of scramblers and quad bikes was debated in the Stormont Assembly hours before the accident.
It was raised after mother-of-three Valerie Armstrong, 35, was killed when she was knocked down by a motorcyclist while walking her dog in a forest park on the outskirts of Belfast in July.
Sinn Fein MLA for North Belfast Gerry Kelly said urgent action should be taken to highlight the dangers of scramblers.
"There is a clear need to address the problem of scrambler and quad use as a number of adults and children have lost their lives or have been seriously injured by these vehicles.
"Everyone, parents in particular, needs to be made aware of the law on scramblers and quads and where they can and cannot be used before they buy them for their children."
Mr Kelly said the PSNI also need to use their powers of seizure to prevent accidents.
Newtownabbey Ulster Unionist councillor Alderman Mark Cosgrove said: "My heart goes out to this young boy and his family. I hope he can make a speedy recovery.
"I would appeal to people to think about what they are doing because there have been far too many tragic accidents already. Scramblers and quads must be used safely and only in appropriate settings."