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Southern 100: Rider and marshal confirmed dead

Police release further details following serious incident on Billown course

Police have confirmed a rider and marshal died following a serious incident in last night's qualifier on the Southern 100 circuit.

No further details about the men's identities have been released.

The incident occurred around 7pm in the area between the start line and shortly after the junction of the bypass with Arbory Road.

Officers are continuing to carry out forensic work and the road between the traffic lights at the Malew Street bridge and Ballakaighin Corner remains closed.

Detective Inspector Neil Craig said: "The area was well attended at the time by members of the public who were watching the races and officers have already spoken to a number of people regarding what they saw.

"However it is likely that there are people who either witnessed what occurred, or who have video footage of the incident itself, who we are yet to identify and make contact with.

"I would therefore like to appeal to anyone who was present at the time, and who feels they may be able to assist, to please make contact with us in the first instance at Police Headquarters on 01624 631212."

Witnesses and those affected by the incident can attend the Castletown Civic Centre where police and staff from Manx Care are providing support.

Members of the public are being urged to refrain from speculating about what may have occurred.

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