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Cyclist found dead at side of road in Tandragee was local to area

A cyclist found dead at the side of a road in Tandragee has been named by police.

He was 55-year-old David Helliwell, who was from the local area

The incident occurred shortly after 7.30pm on Thursday evening.

Inspector Leslie Badger said: “I am appealing that anyone who was travelling on the Drumnamether Road around this time and who witnessed anything, or anyone who may have a dash cam fitted in their vehicle check their footage and contact local officers on 101 quoting reference number 1208 31/05/2018.”

It is not known at this stage if he collapsed and died or had been hit by a vehicle which left the scene.

Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Alderman Gareth Wilson said: “My thoughts and prayers are with the Helliwell family at this very sad and tragic time.

“I have met the family a few times and speaking to Wendy today it is just so difficult and sad what has happened, it’s so traumatic for them all.

“The family are all keen cyclists and it is such a shock that David has passed away, on behalf of everyone of the Borough I sympathise with the Helliwells at this time. I would echo the calls by the local PSNI for anyone who may have been in the vicinity of Drumnamether Road Tandragee to contact the Police and assist them with their inquiries.”

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