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Tributes to Bangor man Neil Young who died in road crash

By Cate McCurry

Tributes have been paid to a Co Down man who was killed in an early morning road collision.

Named locally as Neil Young, the Bangor man was described as a "gentleman".

The single vehicle crash took place on the A2 dual carriageway between Belfast and Bangor, near its junction with Ballyrobert Road, and was reported to police at 2.15am yesterday.

The PSNI is appealing to anyone who was travelling on the A2 around that time, and who witnessed the collision, to contact local police.

North Down DUP MLA Gordon Dunne expressed his sorrow at the tragic road death. He said: "I am shocked and saddened that yet another life has been lost following an accident along the A2 Belfast to Bangor dual carriageway.

"This is a very busy section of road and, tragically, two lives were also lost along the A2 dual carriageway during 2016, which also brought a real sense of grief to the local community.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the man's family and friends at this tragic time. This accident again highlights the very real need for investment along the A2, which is a very busy route with over 45,000 vehicle movements per day."

Friends of the deceased took to social media to pay tribute to him. "Rest in peace Neil Young, you were a gentleman. So sad to hear, rest easy big mate," one friend posted.

Another said: "Such terrible news. RIP Neil, thinking of your family and friends."

Alliance North Down MLA Stephen Farry also expressed his condolences.

"This is a very difficult time for the family and my thoughts are with them," he commented.

"We should also keep in mind the emergency services called out to deal with this tragedy."

Mr Young is the second person to die on Northern Ireland's roads this year after 18-year-old Matthew Davis was killed in a collision near Saintfield.

Meanwhile, police are investigating the sudden death of a man in Banbridge. Officers were called to the scene in the Railway Street area on Saturday following reports that a man had died suddenly.

"A post mortem examination will be carried out to determine the cause of death," police said.

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