‘This is a heartbreaking tragedy’ – Boy dies after ‘farm incident’

A young boy, believed to be just two years old, has died after an incident near Rose Park Farm in Ballymoney on Friday.

It is believed that emergency services, including the PSNI, are at the scene of the incident that happened yesterday.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service was also at the scene and confirmed it was a “farm incident”.

Local DUP councilor Mervyn Storey said the tragedy was “indescribable – it is indescribable”.

“They would be a well-known family in the area and well respected,” he said.

“I know, and sometimes we say that as a form of words, it’s going to send shockwaves through Ballymoney.

“Ballymoney is a small town in many ways, everyone knows everyone and when something like this happens it affects us all.

“You just can’t imagine it. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. I want to ask people to just be there for them and give them all the support they need. It’s just a tragedy.”

Sinn Fein MLA Philip McGuigan said the community was “shocked and touched”.

“This is just a heartbreaking tragedy that has left a family devastated,” he said.

“Indeed, this news has shocked and touched the hearts of the entire community. People just can’t believe it.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family at the heart of this terrible situation.”

Alliance Party MLA Patricia O’Lynn added: “As news breaks of the tragic death of a child on Bravallen Road, Ballymoney, my thoughts go out to the family who are now faced with unspeakable heartbreak.

“Ballymoney is a tight-knit town and this news has caused waves of sadness in the community.”

TÜV boss Jim Allister expressed his condolences and tweeted: “Terrible news. Thoughts and prayers with all those affected.”

Community Councilor Darryl Wilson wrote on social media: “As news of a terrible tragedy breaks through our city tonight, the heart of an entire community is broken.

“No words can express how we feel, our combined hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this devastating loss.”

In an online post, Causeway Coast and Glens SDLP Councilor Margaret Anne McKillop described this as “heartbreaking news”.

A Northern Ireland Ambulance spokesman said: “The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 12.32pm on Friday 11 November following reports of an incident at a farm in Ballymoney.

“NIAS dispatched an EMT, an emergency response team and an ambulance officer to the incident.

“Following the examination, the patient was taken to Causeway Hospital.”

In a statement, a PSNI spokesman said: “Police are currently present at the scene of a sudden death at a farm in the Ballymoney area.

“Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council has been informed.”

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