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Man arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving after tractor leaves road in Co Down

By Mark Edwards

Police have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of careless driving causing death in relation to a fatal road traffic accident in Co Down.

Philip Capper, who was in his late 20s, was a passenger in a green John Deere tractor that is believed to have left the Back Road in Drumbo shortly after 9.15pm on Friday.

The arrested man has since been released on bail pending further enquiry.

Mr Capper, from the Moira area, has been described as "an absolute character".

DUP MLA Jonathan Buckley has known Mr Capper since he was six-years-old.

He said:  "Philip was a genuine much loved character. His sudden and sad passing has sent shock waves throughout Northern Ireland’s farming community and beyond. I want to place on record my deepest sympathies and heartfelt prayers to all of Philip’s family and friends in the days ahead.”

Mr Capper's funeral will take place on Wednesday.

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the incident.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have dash camera footage from the area, anyone witnessed the collision, or anyone who was travelling on the Back Road and who observed the tractor prior to the collision to contact local officers in Lisburn or the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference 1474 06/07/18.

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