Child killed on bike laid to rest

Four-year-old David Spence died in the accident

The funeral of a little boy killed on a mini-scrambler motorbike in west Belfast has taken place.

David Spence, four, was sitting on the front of the bike when it was in collision with a car. He was not wearing a safety helmet.

The accident happened at the junction of Berlin Street and Riga Street in the Shankill Road area at about 1130 GMT on Thursday.

David was buried after a funeral service at his home on Monday morning.

His uncle, Sam Spence, said the death was a terrible tragedy, and warned parents about the bikes' dangers.

"It is terrible that it had to happen to us for people to realise that it is dangerous to let kids out on motorbikes," he said.

"We're a big family and we just can't take it in. We cannot express how much hurt we're feeling at the minute."

The mini-scrambler bike was being ridden by David's stepfather at the time of the accident.

It is understood the little boy's twin sister Chelsea is not yet fully aware of what has happened.

People in the area have said children were often seen riding on such vehicles.

But the problem of off-road bikes, quads, and scramblers is not confined to west Belfast.

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