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Bike boy, five, killed in car crash

A five-year-old boy has died after being knocked off his bicycle in a road accident in north Belfast.

He was taken to a nearby hospital shortly after the crash in the Rosehead area at about 9am this morning but died from his injuries, police said.

PSNI investigators appealed for anybody with information to contact them.

A spokesman said: "Shortly after 9am, it was reported that a car and a bicycle were involved in the incident. The boy was taken to a nearby hospital, but died as a result of his injuries."

SDLP Stormont Assembly Member Alban Maginness said he was shocked and saddened.

"This is a tragedy that will send shock and hurt throughout the community. I want to offer my sincere sympathy to the family of the young child, who will be going through a harrowing time," he said.

"I have no doubt that the entire community will rally around them at this extremely difficult time."

The victim was a pupil at Holy Cross boys' primary school in Belfast.

Principal Kevin McArevey said: "The entire school community has been devastated by news of this awful tragedy."

He told the BBC: "The boy concerned was a lovely child. He had a radiant smile that could light up any room. This is an awful day for the family, friends, staff and children."

Mr McArevey ran to the scene of the collision about a quarter of a mile from the school and said everyone was in a state of shock.

He said: "He was playing on his bike, as he normally would, before going to school.

"His mum, I'm aware, was calling him in for school when the accident happened."

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