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75-year-old killed at bike races

Scene of the fatal crash
The clerk of course said everyone involved with the race event was "devastated"

The spectator killed at the Armoy road races in County Antrim on Saturday was 75-year-old Hill McCook Snr from the village.

Mr McCook was hit by a motorcycle which crashed on the Ballycastle Road.

It happened on the Dean's Rise part of the course during the second lap of the Grand Final race at about 1630 BST.

The rider of the motorcycle which crashed and a second spectator were also hurt. However, their injuries were not serious.

Clerk of course Bill Kennedy said: "Armoy Motorcycle and Road Racing Club, and myself as clerk of course, are devastated by the news that a spectator has died following a serious incident at Dean's Rise on the Ballycastle Road.

"A full investigation is being carried out jointly by the PSNI and Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre).

"Our thoughts and prayers are very much with the family at this sad time."

The Armoy road races were being staged for the first time.



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