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4-year-old boy dies in accident at brewery

Michael McHugh

Published 13/08/2015 | 20:33

Police officers at the scene of the incident at the Hilden Brewery in Lisburn. Photo: Kevin Scott
Police officers at the scene of the incident at the Hilden Brewery in Lisburn. Photo: Kevin Scott

A four-year-old boy killed in an accident at a brewery in Northern Ireland was a "little blond wonder", a family friend said.

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Oliver Scullion died at Hilden Brewery near Belfast today. Health and safety inspectors are investigating the circumstances.

Pat Catney said the victim was a "force of nature".

He added: "This little blond four-year-old wonder enchanted everyone who met him. He was part of the life here at the brewery and I know that the staff are also devastated at his death."

Hilden Brewing Company was established by Ann and Seamus Scullion in 1981 in the courtyard of Hilden House, the former home of a linen-making family.

Its website said the independent microbrewery was the oldest of its kind on the island of Ireland.

A family statement said: "The Scullion-Hanna family is deeply upset by the death of a family member in an accident at the Hilden brewery today.

"The family would like to request privacy at this very difficult time."

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said: "Police are currently in attendance at the sudden death of a child in commercial premises in the Grand Street area of Lisburn."

A spokeswoman for the Health and Safety Executive in Northern Ireland (HSENI) said: "HSENI has been notified of the death of a young child at a commercial premises in the Lisburn area and is investigating the circumstances.

"We are unable to comment further at this stage except to offer our deepest sympathy to the family."

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