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UPDATE: Man identified following fatal collision in Northumberland

Dated: 26 May 2017 16:00 PM

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UPDATE: Friday, May 26

Police are now in a position to name a man killed in a collision in Northumberland yesterday.

At around 9.10am yesterday police received a report of a two vehicle collision on the A696 near Kirkwhelpington near Otterburn.

Emergency services attended and found that a blue Ford S Max motor vehicle and a red Honda CBR motorcycle were involved in the collision.

The male driver of the motorcycle was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and his condition is described as stable.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing but police are now in a position to name the motorcyclist as 33-year-old Shaun O'Connell who lived in Throckley.

His family have now paid tribute to Shaun, who was travelling with his younger brother James at the time of the incident.

They said he had just started a new job in a call centre and was actively involved in his local church, Hillsong Church Newcastle, with his parents, Kevin and Denise. He also had an older brother called Anthony.

Today Shaun's family said: "We are devastated. Anyone who knows Shaun will know what a loss this is. We are a motorbike family - we all love to go out on the bikes and this was just an ordinary day. Sadly everything has now changed."

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the collision and have appealed for anyone who saw the collision, or saw the vehicles involved in the lead up to the incident, to contact officers on 101 quoting log 255 25/05/17.

Thursday, May 25

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision in Northumberland.

At around 9.10am this morning (Thurs) police received a report of a two vehicle collision on the A696 near Kirkwhelpington.

Emergency services attended and found that a blue Ford S Max motor vehicle and a red Honda CBR motorcycle were involved in the collision.

The male driver of the motorcycle was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. Specialist officers are currently supporting his family.

The male driver of the motor vehicle was taken to hospital by paramedics with non-life threatening injuries. His condition is described as stable.

Officers closed the road to allow emergency services to respond to the incident but it is now open.

An investigation into the circumstances around the collision is ongoing and police are now appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

If you saw the collision, or saw the vehicles involved in the lead up to the incident, should contact police on 101 quoting log 255 25/05/17.