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By Adrian Rutherford

Published 21/12/2015

Winner of 2015 Sports Personality of the Year Andy Murray during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Winner of 2015 Sports Personality of the Year Andy Murray during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Winner of Coach of the Year, Michael O'Neill during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Winner of the Unsung Hero Award, Damien Lindsay with his award during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Tony McCoy poses with his Lifetime Achievement Award during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Dina Asher-Smith and Carl Frampton during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 20, 2015. See PA story SPORT Personality. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Winner of Young Sports Personality of the Year, Ellie Downie during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 20, 2015. See PA story SPORT Personality. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Andy Murray during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 20, 2015. See PA story SPORT Personality. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Tony McCoy with his award during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Rory McIlroy onstage to present Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Tony McCoy with his award during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Tony McCoy poses with his Lifetime Achievement Award during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Kevin Sinfield onstage with Leeds Rhino's teammates during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Winner of the Helen Rollason Award, Bailey Matthews during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Niall Horan and Rebecca Adlington during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Niall Horan and Rebecca Adlington during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Rory McIlroy and Niall Horan during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Ella Henderson, performing with Sigma, during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Tyson Fury and wife Paris before Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Adam Peaty on stage during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Adam Peaty on stage with Presenter Gabby Logan during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Max Whitlock on stage with Presenter Gabby Logan during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Max Whitlock performs on stage during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Max Whitlock performs on stage during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Lucy Bronze on stage during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Lucy Bronze speaks to Presenter Gary Lineker during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Lucy Bronze with the England Women's football team speaks to Presenter Gary Lineker during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Greg Rutherford speaks to Presenter Gabby Logan during Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Jenny Jones and friends on the red carpet before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Rory McIlroy and Niall Horan attends the Red Carpet for the SPOTY awards at Titanic Belfast on Sunday evening ,The BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 is held at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Leeds Rhinos attends the Red Carpet for the SPOTY awards at Titanic Belfast on Sunday evening ,The BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 is held at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Dan Carter and wife Honor during the red carpet arrivals for Sports Personality of the Year 2015, at the Titanic Belfast, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday December 20, 2015. See PA story SPORT Personality. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Tyson Fury and wife Paris before Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Tim Wheeler from Ash performs on stage before Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Michael Conlon and Paddy Barnes during the red carpet arrivals for Sports Personality of the Year 2015, at the Titanic Belfast, Belfast.
Tony McCoy before Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Shane Lowry speaks to Graeme McDowell before Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Eamonn Holmes speaks to Eddie Izzard on stage before Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Jessica Ennis-Hill in the crowd before Sports Personality of the Year 2015 at the SSE Arena, Belfast.
Kevin Sinfield pictured with team mates arriving at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year red carpet event at Titanic Belfast, the worldÕs largest Titanic visitor attraction Picture by Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Judy Murray on the red carpet before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
The Great Britain Davis Cup tennis team with Andy Murray on the red carpet before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
AP McCoy on the red carpet before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
Jenny Jones and friends on the red carpet before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 20: gymnasts on the red carpet before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 20: Adam Peaty attends the BBC Sports Personality of theon the red carpet before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 20: Pat Jennings on the red carpet before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 20: The Leeds Rhinos on the red carpet before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 20: Tyson Fury and his family on the red carpet before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 20: Gymnast Beth Tweddle on the red carpet before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 20: boxers Barry McGuigan and Carl Frampton with their partners on the red carpet before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
Credit - Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph Belfast , UK - December 20, Jessica Ennis arrives at the BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2015: RED CARPET in Belfast, Northern Ireland on December 20 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph )
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/12/2015 Andy Murray attends the Red Carpet for the SPOTY awards at Titanic Belfast on Sunday evening ,The BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 is held at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/12/2015 Kevin Sinfield attends the Red Carpet for the SPOTY awards at Titanic Belfast on Sunday evening ,The BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 is held at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/12/2015 Andy Murray attends the Red Carpet for the SPOTY awards at Titanic Belfast on Sunday evening ,The BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015 is held at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Boxing Heavyweight Champion of the World Tyson Fury arrives at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in Belfast
Boxing Heavyweight Champion of the World Tyson Fury arrives at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in Belfast
Footballer Lucy Bronze arrives at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards in Belfast
Tyson Fury and his father pose on the red carpet before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
Paris and Tyson Fury pose on the red carpet before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
Andy Hill and Jessica Ennis-Hill on the red carpet at Titanic Building before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
Denise Lewis on the red carpet at Titanic Building before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
Lizzie Armitstead poses on the red carpet before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
Presenter Jordanne Whiley poses on the red carpet at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
Sameenah Toussaint (National Boxing Champion 13yr age group) and Blue Peter Presenter Radzi Chinyanganya on the red carpet at Titanic Building before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at the SSE Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
Unsung Heroes on the red carpet at Titanic Building before the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award at Odyssey Arena on December 20, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Carrie Davenport/Getty Images)
Eamonn Holmes during the red carpet arrivals for Sports Personality of the Year 2015, at the Titanic Belfast, Belfast. Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Dennis Taylor during the red carpet arrivals for Sports Personality of the Year 2015, at the Titanic Belfast, Belfast. Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Jay Beattie arrives at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Mike Gibson during the red carpet arrivals for Sports Personality of the Year 2015, at the Titanic Belfast, Belfast. Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Jason Mohammad during the red carpet arrivals for Sports Personality of the Year 2015, at the Titanic Belfast, Belfast. Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Sean Cavanagh during the red carpet arrivals for Sports Personality of the Year 2015, at the Titanic Belfast, Belfast. Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
The Unsung Heroes during the red carpet arrivals for Sports Personality of the Year 2015, at the Titanic Belfast, Belfast. Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Nicola Adams arrives at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Pic: Andrew Paton/Press Eye.com
Jay Beattie arrives at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Guests arrive at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Nicola Adams arrives at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Photo Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph.
Dame Mary Peters, Darren Clarke and Barry McGuigan with the Sports Personality of the Year trophy.

Andy Murray has been crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year after a glittering ceremony in Belfast.

The tennis star lifted the prize for the second time in three years at a packed-out SSE Arena.

He had been among the frontrunners for the accolade after leading Great Britain to their first Davis Cup triumph in 79 years.

The event was picketed by protesters unhappy over the inclusion of Tyson Fury on the shortlist of contenders.

Later, the controversial boxer apologised on stage for controversial comments which caused a storm in the build-up.

He finished outside the top three in the public vote.

The controversy aside, it was a night to remember for Northern Ireland sport, with a clutch of local winners. They included legendary jockey Tony McCoy and football boss Michael O'Neill.

The main prize, however, went to Murray. He finished ahead of rugby league player Kevin Sinfield, while heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill was third.

Murray was presented with the trophy by New Zealand Rugby World Cup winner Dan Carter and Irish boxing hero Barry McGuigan.

Murray said: "I've dedicated my life to this sport, I work as hard as I can every single day to try and make you proud, and I appreciate all of the support."

Earlier, some of Britain's leading medal hopes at next year's Olympic Games led a star-studded parade down the red carpet.

Although protesters were kept well away, their picket coincided with the arrival of the 7,500 audience.

Up to 30 gay and equal-rights campaigners held banners and chanted slogans in protest at Fury's appearance after he made comments allegedly equating homosexuality with paedophilia and joking about being violent to women. However, there was applause as Fury walked onto the stage to be interviewed by Gary Lineker. But asked about the controversy by Lineker, Fury responded: "I've said a lot of stuff in the past and none of it is with the intention to hurt anybody."

Moneyglass-born rider McCoy was presented with the Lifetime Achievement award.

The 20-time champion jockey retired earlier this year having ridden more than 4,300 jump racing winners. Welcoming McCoy on stage, presenter Clare Balding described him as a "national hero".

McCoy said: "Can I just say what an honour and a privilege it is to receive such a prestigious award, especially here in Belfast.

"Being from Northern Ireland, a place that has produced so many talented and successful sports people, it makes tonight even more special."

Golf star Rory McIlroy had jetted in to present the prize.

He said: "It's absolutely fantastic to bring a great event like this home and show what Belfast and Northern Ireland has to offer," he said.

Michael O'Neill, who led Northern Ireland's football team to their first tournament finals for 30 years, was named coach of the year. He received one of the biggest cheers of the night as he walked up to collect his award.

There was recognition for another Northern Ireland man, Damian Lindsay, who received the Unsung Hero accolade.

He set up football coaching for children in the St James' area of west Belfast to prevent young people in his local area from being dragged into anti-social behaviour. Mr Lindsay was selected from 15 regional winners and was presented with the award by comedian Eddie Izzard.

Other headline winners included Carter, one of the stars of the New Zealand side which won this year's Rugby World Cup.

He was named Overseas Sports Personality of the Year.

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