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Ronan Kerr murder: Stephen Nolan caller overcome by grief

By Connla Young

A man who sobbed on live radio says he has been deeply affected by the death of Constable Ronan Kerr.

Adam McCalden broke down while talking to the BBC’s Stephen Nolan on his weekend Five Live show on Sunday.

The 25-year-old said he was overcome by grief when he rang the radio show to talk about the policeman, who died after a bomb exploded under his car on Saturday.

Dissident republicans are believed to be responsible for the attack.

Thousands of people tuned in as the emotionally charged interview was repeated on Stephen Nolan’s Radio Ulster programme yesterday morning.

He said: “It really got to me and has devastated so many people. It’s such a big step backwards. Ronan is the same age as me as well. My sympathies go out to his family.

“I was just driving along and I heard them talking about this so I decided to ring.

“Before I knew it I was straight through and live on air and I just became emotional.”

Mr McCalden says he is fearful for the future.

He said: “I am worried. If I am driving past a police car I don’t want to be caught up in something.”

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