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Great-granddad Geoff Cartwright knocked down and killed in Newcastle

By Brett Campbell

The family of a pensioner who died after being struck by a car as he made his way home from the pub have been left devastated by his loss.

Geoffrey 'Geoff' Cartwright (78) was knocked down just yards from his home on South Promenade in Newcastle, Co Down, on Thursday night.

The great-grandfather had left Macken's Bar with his brother Reggie, who had just arrived for a month-long visit from overseas, when he was struck by a fast-moving car.

His grandson Paul Cartwright said the entire family are in a state of disbelief. "We are all badly shocked," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

Mr Cartwright, a widower who regularly played pool in Macken's, had been walking a few yards behind his brother at the time.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit and causing death by dangerous driving. The teenager was subsequently released on bail.

Traumatised customers in an adjacent bar witnessed the collision, but could only watch in horror as paramedics desperately tried to save the victim's life.

"I was in the Harbour House Inn and heard the impact, some others witnessed it and were very upset," one customer wrote on social media.

Sinn Fein councillor Willie Clarke expressed his sadness following the incident.

"I knew him my entire life, he was a true gentleman who was liked by everyone," he said.

"It is truly heartbreaking to comprehend this news. The local community has been left in shock."

Mr Clarke said the pensioner's enthusiasm for playing pool ensured that he never felt isolated in his old age.

"It was something he really enjoyed and looked forward to and it was a great way for him to socialise," he added.

"The whole family are devastated, they're in a really bad way - particularly his brother."

The councillor praised the emergency services who "worked tremendously hard" to save Mr Cartwright.

Police have appealed for witnesses to contact them on 101 quoting ref: 1530 of 24/08/17.

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