Northern Ireland

Newtownabbey boy in hospital after scrambler bike crash

Mossley Pavillion, Newtownabbey
Image caption The boy is in a stable condition after he was hit by a scrambler bike on a football pitch

A nine-year-old boy is being cared for in hospital after he was hit by a scrambler bike on a football pitch in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.

Police said the collision happened at 20:45 BST on Monday at Mossley Pavilion, Carnmoney Road.

A spokesperson for Belfast Health Trust said the boy's condition was stable. No-one else was injured.

Police said they were following a definite line of inquiry into the identity of the person riding the bike.

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Image caption The collision happened on Monday night at Mossley Pavillion, Newtownabbey

The law surrounding the use of scramblers and quad bikes has been debated at Stormont.

It follows the death of mother-of-three Valerie Armstrong in July.

She died after she was hit by a scrambler bike in a forest park in west Belfast.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the Newtownabbey incident.

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