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Police renew appeal for witnesses to fatal hit and run near Markethill

The man who died in a hit and run near Markethill on Monday will be laid to rest on Thursday.

Police confirmed on Tuesday, that the deceased was James Shields.

The 52-year-old was found at the side of the Shillinghill Road, just before 7am on Tuesday.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Mr Shields’ death, but have now confirmed he was the victim of a hit and run driver.

The death of the man, who came from the Markethill area, has caused great shock in the local area.

The Shields family come from the Glenanne area.

On Thursday, the deceased – son of the late Betty and David Shields – will be laid to rest after a service in Cladymore Presbyterian Church, at 12noon.

The funeral will leave Mr Shields’ home, at Mowhan Road, not far from where he died, at 11.30am.

He is survived by brothers and sisters, Louella, Walter, Evelyn, Lydia, Maureen, Noeleen and Winston, and was predeceased by another sister, Lily.

Donations in lieu of flowers are being accepted for Chest, Heart and Stroke Association, c/o Jackson Stoops & Sons, Funeral Directors, 44 Moy Road, Armagh BT61 8DL.

Police, meanwhile, have renewed their appeal for witnesses to come forward.

Detective Inspector Colin Patterson said “I would continue to appeal to anyone who was travelling along the Shillinghill Road before 7am on Monday, 13 May and who may have witnessed this incident, or anyone who has any information about it, to contact police at Armagh on the non-emergency number 101.”

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