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Colin Glen Forest Park fatal collision: Police continue to appeal for witnesses after Valerie Armstrong death

Published 11/08/2016

Valerie with husband Seamus and children Dylan (10), Lucy (7) and five-year-old Sophie-Belle
Valerie with husband Seamus and children Dylan (10), Lucy (7) and five-year-old Sophie-Belle
Emotional scenes at Valerie’s funeral on Monday

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses following a collision in Colin Glen Forest Park that killed mother-of-three Valerie Armstrong.

Valerie (35), died the day after she was hit by a scrambler bike at around at 5.45pm on Tuesday 19 July as she walked her dog in a Colin Glen Forest Park in west Belfast.

She left behind her husband of 11 years, Seamus, and three children, Dylan (10), Lucy (7) and five-year-old Sophie-Belle, who is due to start primary school in September.

Inspector James Murphy who is leading the investigation has appealed for any further witnesses to come forward to assist with the police investigation into the tragic incident.

Inspector Murphy said: "Whilst we have been contacted by a number of people who were in the area at the time of the incident, we believe that there are many more people that were there that evening.

"I am appealing for them to get in touch with police. Officers are striving to carry out a full and detailed investigation into Valerie’s death and with the local community’s help we hope to achieve this."

Last month Fr Vincent Cushnahan said the family were "in a state of shock", but grateful for the support received from neighbours and medical staff.

He said that Mrs Armstrong went to church every Sunday with her children. "She was a very joyful and committed presence in the church," he said.

"We would have found her a very dedicated mother to her three children, and she and her husband Seamus worked very hard in their respective places of employment to make sure their children were well provided for.

"She seemed to be a generous, kind and loving person who was filled with life and the natural expectations of a young mum."

The scene of a collision at the Springbank pond in the Colin Glen Forest park in which a woman has been struck by a motorbike. July 19 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
The scene of a collision at the Springbank pond in the Colin Glen Forest park in which a woman has been struck by a motorbike. July 19 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police at the scene in Colin Glen Forest Park on Tuesday night
The scene of a collision at the Springbank pond in the Colin Glen Forest park in which a woman has been struck by a motorbike. July 19 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Colin Glen Forest Park in west Belfast

Mrs Armstrong had worked as a waitress at Cafe Vaudeville, and on the news of her death her employers posted on Facebook: "It is with heavy hearts that all of us at Cafe Vaudeville have taken the news of our friend and colleague Valerie Armstrong's tragic death."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at Musgrave on 101 quoting reference 1041 19/07/16. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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