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Police 'following definite line of enquiry' after boy (9) hit by scrambler

Child in stable condition in hospital

A nine-year-old boy is in a stable condition in hospital after he was hit by a scrambler.

The incident happened at Mossley Pavilion, Carnmoney Road, in Newtownabbey on Monday night just before 9pm.

A police investigation is ongoing and officers are following a definite line of enquiry in relation to the identity of the scrambler rider.

A PSNI spokesman said: "If you witnessed this incident or have any information we request that you get in touch with officers in Newtownabbey on 101 quoting reference number 1309 of 03/10/2016 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Antim and Newtownabbey Borough Council Deputy Mayor Noreen McClelland said: “Our thoughts are with the young person that was injured during this incident and his family, I hope he makes a full recovery. Scramblers are not permitted on the pitches, it is something that council has actively been working to deter the use of in public places, especially in our parks.

“As part of our campaign to raise awareness and to deter the use of scramblers, council’s park wardens regularly patrol the local parks and this month we have featured an article in our residents’ magazine. We will continue to re-inforce this message and highlight the dangers of these bikes in our public areas with both parents and young people.

Councillor McClelland continued: “I would encourage anyone who has information on this incident to help the Police with their investigation by getting in touch on 101 quoting the reference number 1309 03/10/2016 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.”

Ulster Unionist councillor, Alderman Mark Cosgrove added: "My heart goes out to this young boy and his family. I hope he can make a speedy recovery. Only yesterday there was a debate in the Assembly on the issue of scramblers and quad bikes.

“I would appeal to people to think about what they are doing because there have been far too many tragic accidents already. The PSNI should be given the support, resources and information they need so that these incidents are dealt with robustly.

"Scramblers and quads must be used safely and only in appropriate settings.”

The incident comes after the Assembly heard a motion calling for the current laws around scrambler and quad bikes to be reviewed on Monday.

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly said urgent action should be taken to highlight the dangers of scramblers.

Mr Kelly said: “Yesterday we brought a motion before the Assembly calling for a review of the current legislation regarding scramblers and quads.

“There is a clear need to address the problem of scrambler and quad use as a number of adults and children have lost their lives or have been seriously injured by these vehicles.

“Everyone, parents in particular, needs to be made aware of the law on scramblers and quads and where they can and cannot be used before they buy them for their children.

“The PSNI need to enforce the powers they have to seize these machines and work with other agencies to ensure that these vehicles are not used in any public places.

“Last night’s event shows once again that urgent action needs to be taken before another tragedy occurs.”

Earlier this year, mother-of-three Valerie Armstrong was killed after she was hit by a dirt bike while out walking in west Belfast.

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