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Community devastated by death of Bradley Beck (21) in County Antrim farm incident

A photo of Bradley Beck shared on social media

A family has been devastated and a community left in shock after the death of a young man outside Larne, County Antrim, on Wednesday afternoon (15 September).

It is understood that the young man named locally as Bradley Beck tragically lost his life in farming incident on the Gobbins Road.

This evening Bradley’s brother Jonny commented on social media:

“The best wee brother I could have ever asked for… missed forever and always, love you millions.”

Emergency services were called to reports of an incident involving a tractor 12:16 this afternoon. Police, fire service, ambulance personnel, and the charity Air Ambulance attended the incident.

Reflecting the mood of the local community tonight, Councillor Andrew Clarke said:

“I am very saddened to hear this news. My prayers are with the family and all concerned. The Islandmagee area is a closely knit community where agriculture plays a central role, and there will be great shock tonight.

“With today also marking the ninth anniversary of the tragic death of the Spence family, we again see the ongoing dangers our farming community face in bringing food to our tables.”

Family and friends have been sharing their shock and heartbreak at the tragic news:

“Bradley you weren’t only my cousin you were my best friend, you were a true gentleman, words cant begin to describe what we are all feeling right now, rest in peace you legend.” (Joseph McGookin)

“Heartbroken is an understatement. You will be dearly missed.” (Katy McNeill)

“To the man who used to wind me up about being in the Larne Times. I will miss you forever. Rest easy.” (Ashleigh Olga)

“Rest easy Bradley. A great man to work with and will be missed greatly.” (Adam Bowes)

In a statement to Causeway Coast Community earlier today, a spokesperson for the Health and Safety Executive said:

“HSENI are making enquiries into an incident which took place in the Islandmagee area earlier today.

“We are working to establish the facts surrounding the incident.”

A PSNI spokesperson confirmed that the death is not being treated as suspicious.

A spokesperson said "Police have advised the Health and Safety Executive and will provide assistance with their investigation."


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