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Police appeal after motorcylist (43) dies in Down road crash

By Chris McCullough

A 43-year-old man lost his life on Saturday night when the motorcycle he was riding was in a collision with a car in Co Down.

The incident on the Castlewellan Road in Cabra happened around 8.30pm.

Police have appealed for anyone who saw the accident to come forward.

PSNI Inspector Lynsey Barr said: “The collision, involving a motorcyclist and a car, occurred at approximately 8.30pm.

“A 43-year-old male, who was driving the motorbike, died as a result of his injuries.

“Police are appealing for witnesses, or anyone who has any information they believe could help them, to call the Collision Investigation Unit on 101, quoting reference 1450 of 26/08/17.”

Sinn Fein MLA for the South Down constituency Emma Rogan expressed her sympathy to the family and friends of the dead man.

She said: “First and foremost my thoughts are with the family and friends of the man who lost his life.

“This news will have shocked many people in the local area. Any death on our roads is one too many. I would encourage anyone who was travelling on the Castlewellan Road at 8.30pm on Saturday or who witnessed the collision to bring the information to the police.”

Meanwhile the funeral service of pensioner Geoff Cartwright, who was killed after being hit by a car outside Macken’s pub in Newcastle last Thursday night, takes place on Monday morning.

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.

Mr Cartwright’s remains will leave his late residence at 9am this morning for 10am funeral Mass in the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Newcastle.

The burial will be held afterwards in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Bryansford.

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