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Gundog enthusiast, 70 dies in Scottish crash

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

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THE Stewartstown district has been shocked and saddened' following the death of a local man in a three-vehicle crash in Scotland.
Mr Alan Neill, 70, of North Street, Stewartstown, was driving a Ford Ranger pick-up towing a trailer with 12 dogs inside when the crash occurred on the A75 near Creetown at around 2.45am on Saturday.
He is understood to have arrived in Scotland on a ferry from Northern Ireland shortly before the crash happened.
A 43-year-old woman driving a Suzuki Swift was also seriously hurt in the accident.
A 14-year-old female passenger in the Suzuki was uninjured, as was the driver of the lorry involved.
Two of the dogs he was towing in the trailer died and two injured animals were taken to a Scottish SPCA centre for treatment following the crash.
Mr Neill was a well-known dog breeder, handler, trainer, and judge in the working gundog world.
Former Mid-Ulster UUP MLA Billy Armstrong described Mr Neill as a gentleman.
"I was talking to Alan just a few hours before he headed off for the boat to Scotland on Saturday.
“He was a real character in Stewartstown and was well liked and respected by everyone in the area.
“He knew everyone and everyone knew him.
“And he just loved animals and in particular dogs."
Continued Mr Armstrong:
“We in the Stewartstown area and further afield were both shocked and saddened when we heard the news of Alan's death in Scotland.
“All our thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends at this very sad time."
Mr Neill was predeceased by his wife and is survived by two of a family and two grandchildren, to whom sincere sympathy is extended at this very sad time.
A former lorry driver in the local area, he also assisted local farmers and did gardening work for many people in the the Stewartstown district.
There were no funeral arrangements at the time of going to Press.

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