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Death of rally driver Glenn Allen not suspicious, say PSNI

By Cate McCurry

Published 24/11/2015

Rally driver Glenn Allen died tragically following a friend’s wedding on Saturday
Rally driver Glenn Allen died tragically following a friend’s wedding on Saturday

Police are not treating the death of a popular rally driver who was found at the side of a road as suspicious.

Glenn Allen (47), from Cookstown, Co Tyrone, was discovered by a member of the public on Dunluce Road in Portrush on Sunday morning.

The father-of-two was a well-known figure in local rallying circles. It is understood he had attended a friend's wedding nearby earlier.

PSNI Chief Inspector Mark McClarence said: "A crime is not suspected in the death of 47-year-old Glenn Allen.

"Specially trained officers have been with Mr Allen's family at this difficult time."

In an emotional tribute, his son Philip (23) told the Belfast Telegraph that he had idolised his father.

He said: "I'm going to miss him. He gave me good advice all through my life; only for him I would have very little to do.

"I'd idolised my Dad growing up and he was a great inspiration."

As is standard procedure, police will continue to investigate the circumstances of the death on behalf of the coroner.

Officers are keen to speak with anyone who may have seen a man walking in the area at about 1.40am on Sunday.

DUP Mid Ulster MLA Ian McCrea extended his deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Mr Allen.

"I was both shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic and untimely death of Cookstown man Glenn Allen over the weekend," Mr McCrea said.

"I want to express my sincere and deepest sympathy to his wife and family at this heartbreaking time and I assure them of my thoughts and prayers.

"Glenn owned a very well established and successful car body repair business outside Cookstown and was heavily involved in the car rally scene and his death will send shockwaves throughout the local community.

"I have since spoken to some of those who were chatting with Glenn at a wedding event on Saturday night, and like me they are finding it very difficult to take in what has happened."

Cookstown Ulster Unionist councillor, Trevor Wilson, also expressed his shock and sadness at the death of Mr Allen.

"Like many people in Cookstown area I was shocked to learn of his death at the weekend," he said.

"I knew Glenn personally, and he was a hard-working man who ran his own business. He was also extremely well-known in rallying circles and the motorsport fraternity will also be feeling this loss very keenly.

"It seems particularly cruel that he should lose his life after attending a joyous occasion such as a wedding celebration.

"My deepest sympathies are with Glenn's family and I trust that the support of the community will sustain them at this dreadful time."

A car dealership in Cookstown posted a tribute to the former rally ace on their Facebook page: "Everyone at Mid Ulster Cars Toyota are devastated to learn of the sudden death of their friend and colleague, Glenn Allen.

"We extend our deepest sympathy to Glenn's family circle at this very sad time."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

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