Retired policeman dies after road collision in Co Down
A retired police officer has died after a road crash on the outskirts of Comber, Co Down.
The man, who was in his 40s, was involved in a collision between a motorcycle and blue-coloured Renault Megane which happened in the Lisbane area just outside the town at around 10.45am.
Members of the Policing Board yesterday paid tribute to their former colleague - who had only recently retired - during a meeting of the organisation.
The former officer's name has yet to be officially released.
Ards and North Down councillor Trevor Cummings, who chairs the local community safety partnership, sent his condolences to the deceased's relatives.
He added: "My thoughts and my prayers are with the family, who are having to cope with this tragedy."
The councillor added that the A22, an arterial route to the Mournes, was a "very busy road, and has been the scene of several fatalities in recent years".
Fellow councillor Robert Gibson said that he was aware of six deaths on the same stretch of road over the past seven years.
"It's another sad house at Christmas," he added.
PSNI inspector Alexander Johnston appealed for information and said: "I would ask anyone who witnessed these vehicles in the area prior to the accident to contact Lisburn Police Station or the collision investigation unit at Sprucefield on the non-emergency number 101."
Meanwhile, a 12-year-old boy who was struck by a car on Tuesday afternoon remains critically ill in hospital.
Robbie Shaw was injured after being hit by a car on the Ballygowan Road in south Belfast.