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Boy (5) airlifted to hospital after being knocked down in Ards

The Air Ambulance leaves Lawnbrook Drive in Newtownards following the collision
The Air Ambulance leaves Lawnbrook Drive in Newtownards following the collision
Allan Preston

By Allan Preston

A five-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital in Belfast yesterday after being struck by a motorcycle.

The Ambulance Service was called shortly after 4.40pm following reports a child had been knocked down at Lawnbrook Drive in Newtownards.

It is understood the boy had been riding his bike at the time of the collision.

The Air Ambulance was dispatched to the scene, as well as a rapid response paramedic, emergency crew and a doctor.

After assessment and initial treatment, he was taken to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. His condition was unknown last night.

The PSNI said: "Enquiries are ongoing and police would appeal to anyone who witnessed the collision or has dash cam footage to contact them on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 940 of April 24, 2019."

DUP councillor Naomi Armstrong-Cotter said the street was often used by motorists as a shortcut between the main Movilla Road and Donaghadee Road.

"I don't know the exact circumstances of the crash yet but I do know this is a built-up family area," she said.

"These nights you want your children to be out and enjoying the air and playing safely.

"However, I would warn drivers that this area is not the place to be flying through."

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