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Scrambler which struck child had no brakes

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

A scrambler believed to have struck a nine-year-old boy had no working brakes, police have said.

The crash happened at Mossley Pavilion on Carnmoney Road in Newtownabbey on Monday.

The victim remains in a stable condition at Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children.

PSNI Sergeant Arnie O'Neill said they had seized a bike in a dangerous condition.

He said: "It is currently being examined at Newtownabbey PSNI station.

"There is no front brake lever on this bike. The rear brakes do not work either."

Sgt O'Neill said the rider has contacted police and the investigation is ongoing.

In July, mother-of-three Valerie Armstrong was killed after being struck by a scrambler while walking in a west Belfast forest park.

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