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Tributes paid to council worker Alan Kelso (37) killed in motorbike crash

By Rebecca Black

A council worker who was killed in a road accident has been described as a friendly man who always appeared to be happy.

Alan Kelso (37) died after his motorbike collided with a telegraph pole, according to the PSNI.

Mr Kelso is the 18th person to die in a road accident in Northern Ireland so far this year.

The accident happened on the Dungonnell Road, Crumlin, yesterday morning.

Police have appealed for anyone who noticed his silver Honda motorcycle on the Dungonnell Road on Monday to contact them.

The motorcycle was the only vehicle involved, police said.

Mr Kelso worked in Antrim Borough Council's civic amenities section.

Local SDLP councillor Thomas Burns said he was extremely well liked.

It is understood that the former Antrim Grammar School pupil's mother, now retired, had also worked for the council in the past.

"Alan was very well known in the community and worked in the council's civic amenity site," Mr Burns said.

"He was always extremely helpful to everyone who used the council facility.

"He was a very friendly man, and always appeared happy.

"The whole community is stunned and shocked at his death.

"My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this terribly sad time."

Mr Burns added that he expected the council will make arrangements to mark their former employee's death.

DUP councillor Brian Graham, who chairs the Antrim and District Road Safety Committee, said he was "totally shocked" by the death.

"Our thoughts are with the Kelso family who lived just across the road from me in Parkhall for many years," he said.

"God bless the Kelso family as they come to terms of this tragic incident."

Alliance councillor Alan Lawther said he was saddened by Mr Kelso's death.

"I would like to express my condolences to his family, friends and work colleagues," he said.

"This must be an extremely difficult time for them," he said, adding that more must be done to improve road safety.

The 18 deaths on our roads this year are more than twice the number killed by this point in 2012 when there were just eight.

However the number of deaths by April last year jumped sharply to 17.

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