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Appeal over diesel on road of fatal three-car collision in Co Down

By Lesley Houston

Police are appealing for information over a diesel spill on a Downpatrick road where a 20-year-old man died in a collision.

Jack Murnin died following the car crash on the Strangford Road at around 1pm in Co Down.

Police have appealed for information after officers noticed diesel on the road.

Inspector Mark Peters said: "Police in attendance at this collision observed diesel on the road.

"I would appeal to anyone who noticed diesel on the Strangford Road, between Quoile Bridge and Strangford, or who can help identify where the spillage came from, to contact officers in Downpatrick or the Collision Investigation Unit in Steeple."

The collision involved three vehicles - a blue Mazda 6, a grey Rover MG and a blue Seat Leon.

It's understood Mr Murnin's death is the latest tragedy to hit his family, as his father also died in a road accident more than a decade ago.

He was a popular member of staff at the Lobster Pot restaurant and bar in Strangford, which closed as a mark of respect.

Margaret Ritchie MP offered her condolences on Twitter: "Sympathies to mum and family of Jack Murnin who died tragically. Poignant at Christmas. His father also died tragically 14 yrs ago. RIP."

On the Lobster Pot Facebook page last night the following tribute was posted: "A terribly sad day today, please say a prayer for our beloved Jack.

"Our thoughts are with his mother Pauline, family and friends.

"We will miss you more than words can describe, such a gentleman and great friend to us all at the Lobster Pot, and taken from us so tragically. Rest in Peace Jack we will never forget you xxxx."

A separate crash yesterday also left a teenager in a critical condition in hospital last night.

The 19-year-old was a passenger in a silver Toyota Starlet car that crashed on the Hillhall Road in Lisburn just before 3pm. Police in Lisburn are also appealing for information.

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