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5-year-old boy killed in road crash while out playing on his bike

The crash happened in a residential area of North Belfast at around 9am. His school principal says the community has been left in shock.

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THE PSNI ARE investigating after a 5-year-old boy was killed in a road crash in Belfast this morning.

It happened in a residential area at Rosehead at around 9am.

Police confirmed a car and a bicycle were involved in the collision. The young boy was rushed to hospital but later died as a result of his injuries.

The principal of the boy’s school at Holy Cross, Kevin McAreavey said the community had been devastated by the news.

“The boy concerned was a lovely child. He had a radiant smile that could light up any room,” McAreavey told BBC Northern Ireland.

The teacher explained how he ran to the scene of the crash, a short distance from the school.

He was playing on his bike, as he normally would, before going to school.

McAreavey said the school would be bringing in measures to support other pupils, in the wake of the tragedy.

Investigating officers are appealing for witnesses, and can be contacted by calling the PSNI non-emergency number at 101.

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