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Line of Duty in tribute to Bangor crew member killed in crash

Mr Livingstone died in a motorcycle crash in 2017
Mr Livingstone died in a motorcycle crash in 2017
A post on actor Martin Compston’s Twitter feed, paying tribute to Graeme Livingstone who was a member of the Line of Duty team

By Gillian Halliday

Line of Duty has left fans touched after dedicating the finale of its latest series to a popular Northern Ireland crew member who died in a motorcycle collision.

The tribute to Co Down man Graeme Livingstone appeared at the end credits of Sunday evening's tense final episode to the fifth series, which drew nearly 10 million television viewers.

The poignant message reads 'In Memory of Graeme Livingstone 1987-2017'.

The 29-year-old, from Bangor, passed away after the motorcycle he was riding was involved in a collision with a car in Lisburn in June 2017.

Mr Livingstone (below) - who worked on a number of high-profile television productions including Game of Thrones and The Fall - worked in the props department for the show, which is filmed in Northern Ireland.

Ahead of the finale, which is the most watched programme of 2019 so far according to official viewing figures, fans had been urged to stay tuned for the tribute by one of its leading cast members.

Martin Compston - who plays anti-police corruption detective Steve Arnott - tweeted, without explaining why, that it would mean "a lot to the Line of Duty family" if viewers complied with his request.

And within minutes of the credits rolling, the Scottish actor returned to social media to pay a further tribute to Mr Livingstone.

Posting an image of the cast and crew on his Instagram above a picture of Mr Livingstone, Mr Compston spoke of the enormous loss felt by everyone at the show for the late crew member.

"Behind every good cast there's a phenomenal crew. To make this show really is a team effort," he said.

"One important face missing from that top picture though. Graeme Livingstone gone but never forgotten, not just to us but the industry across Northern Ireland."

Fellow Line of Duty star Vicky McClure - who plays Detective Inspector Kate Fleming - also paid her own personal tribute to Mr Livingstone online.

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