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Police seize 'dangerous' scrambler bike after boy (9) injured

Motorcycle brakes not working, police reveal

Police have seized the scrambler bike involved in a crash which injured a nine-year-old boy.

Announcing the update to the investigation, officers said the motorcycle had no front brakes and that the rear brakes were not working.

“The driver has contacted police and investigation is currently ongoing," said Sergeant Arnie O'Neill.

He added: "Following on from yesterday’s media appeal for witnesses in relation to this collision, I’m happy to report that we have since seized the motorcycle involved.

"It is currently being examined at Newtownabbey PSNI station. Note from the pictures there is no front brake lever on this bike. The rear brakes do not work either.

“You may also remember a few weeks ago we seized an orange motorcycle in the area of The Oaks / Rush Park in Newtownabbey. Similarly, this bike was also in a dangerous condition.

“Officers will continue to patrol the local area in search for the illegal use of motor vehicles.”

The accident happened at Mossley Pavilion in Carnmoney Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, at about 8.45pm on Monday.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said an investigation has been launched and officers are following a definite line of inquiry about the identity of the motorcyclist.

The injured boy was said to be in a stable condition in the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

More: Belfast boy (9) hit by scrambler as issue debated in Assembly

The issue of the law regarding the use of scramblers and quad bikes was debated in the Stormont Assembly hours before the accident.

It was raised after mother-of-three Valerie Armstrong, 35, was killed when she was knocked down by a motorcyclist while walking her dog in a forest park on the outskirts of Belfast in July.

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

He said: "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."

Mr Kelly said the PSNI also need to use their powers of seizure to prevent accidents.

Newtownabbey Ulster Unionist councillor Alderman Mark Cosgrove said: "My heart goes out to this young boy and his family. I hope he can make a speedy recovery.

"I would appeal to people to think about what they are doing because there have been far too many tragic accidents already. Scramblers and quads must be used safely and only in appropriate settings."


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