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Five-year-old boy dies after his bike is struck by a car in Belfast

By John Mulgrew

A five-year-old boy who died after a car collided with his bike in Belfast was a "had a smile that could light up any room".

Conor O'Neill - a pupil at Holy Cross Boys' Primary School - was taken to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, but died as a result of his injuries.

The incident happened in the Rosehead area in north Belfast at around 9am on Wednesday morning.

It's understood the crash - which involved one car and a bike - happened between the Crumlin Road and Oldpark Road.

Police have appealed for eyewitnesses to contact them on 101.

Holy Cross principal  Kevin McArevey said the school "has been devastated by news of this awful tragedy".

"The boy concerned was a lovely child," told the BBC.

"He had a radiant smile that could light up any room.

"This is an awful day for the family, friends, staff and children."

North Belfast MLA Alban Maginness said his thoughts were with the family of the young boy.

"I was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of a young child in the Rosehead area of North Belfast this morning," the SDLP man said.

"This is a tragedy that will send shock and hurt throughout the community. I want to offer my sincere sympathy to the family of the young child who will be going through a harrowing time.

"I have no doubt that the entire community will rally around them at this extremely difficult time.

"The SDLP will meet with Roads Service in the coming days with a view to securing traffic calming measures that will make the area safer for pedestrians, children and road users. It is imperative that Roads Service acts quickly on these requests before another tragedy befalls this close-knit community."

DUP MP Nigel Dodds said the death had "sent shockwaves through the entire community".

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the young boy at this very difficult time," he said.

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