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Northern Ireland scrambler bike crash victim Ryan Philips laid to rest

By Staff Reporter

Grieving family and friends yesterday said their farewells to Ryan Philips, tragically killed in a scrambler accident earlier this week.

The biker was buried in St Joseph's Cemetery, Magheragall yesterday following his funeral service at St Colman's Church in Lambeg.

Mr Philips (27) from the Whitemountain area of Lisburn, died after a collision involving two off-road motorcycles in a lane way near the park and ride facility at Sprucefield in Lisburn.

An 18-year-old man involved in the incident was taken to hospital for treatment.

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Father Paul Byrne officiated at yesterday's funeral.

He said that Mr Philips' parents and family circle had been greatly comforted by the many people who had called at the family home in the past few days, as well as by the substantial number of mourners who attended yesterday's funeral.

His friend Ross Manley said on Twitter: "RIP Our good friend Ryan Phillips. Taken too soon. Sleep tight, mate you will be missed so much."

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone with information in relation to this incident to contact police at Lisburn on 101. Local politicians have called for the provision of safe off-road facilities for the use of motorcycle scramblers.

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