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PSNI appeal for witnesses to fatal motorcycle crash

Eddie Hall, who died in a motorcycle crash in north Belfast on Saturday
Suzanne McGonagle and Seamus McKinney

A motorcyclist who was killed in an early morning crash in north Belfast has been named.

Police have appealed for witnesses following the death of Eddie Hall.

Believed to be a father-of-one from Belfast, Mr Hall died after a crash on Fife Street in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police said the fatal collision happened between 4.30am and 5am.

A woman who owns a shop nearby said a customer witnessed the crash as he waited for the store to open.

"We opened the shop at six and the road was already closed then," she said.

"One of our customers had been standing outside, he normally comes early and stands outside the shop. He was actually here when it happened. He said that the motorbike came from either Parkmount Street or Seaview Street, either side of the police station. He said he absolutely flew along the road: The next thing he said he heard was the bang."

She said the customer and another man "went round and put a blanket over the fella because he was gone".

"He said that they knew that because the bike was a good few yards down the road from him," she told Belfast Live.

"People and customers have been shocked.

"You don't expect something like that to happen every day."

PSNI Inspector Paul Noble said: "I would appeal particularly to a cyclist who was on the York Road between 4.15am and 4.45am or to anyone who saw a motorbike in the area at the time to contact Tennent Street Police Station or the collision investigation unit at Antrim Police Station on the non emergency number 101."

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