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Video footage of second child driving lorry emerges

VIDEO footage that appears to show a second child behind the wheel of a lorry on the motorway close to Dungannon is now being  circulated on social media.

This latest clip, which features a young girl, emerged just days after a 37-year-old man was arrested in Cookstown over a video appearing to show a boy driving a lorry on the M1.

Dungannon councillor, Dominic Molloy, has described the videos on social media showing children driving lorries along the motorway as “absolute madness”.

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The 37-year-old arrested in Cookstown was questioned on suspicion of cruelty to children and aiding and abetting driving while disqualified by reason of age.

He was released pending police enquiries.

The latest video appears to show a young girl at the wheel of what also looks like the M1 near Dungannon.

It also shows a younger girl behind the driver sear and a man watching to see how she is handling the vehicle.

At one stage the man leans back and the girl driving looks back at him and laughs.

Sinn Féin councillor Mr Molloy said, “It is crazy, absolute madness. People involved in this behaviour need to see sense and never put a child behind the steering wheel of a vehicle. It defies belief that anyone thinks that is okay.

“It would be bad enough in a car on a quiet road but in a lorry on the motorway is unbelievable.”

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First Minister Arlene Foster also from the Fermanagh and South Tyrone constituency, tweeted,

“This is reckless for the people in the HGVs and other road users. A vehicle like this veering out of control into traffic is unthinkable,” she tweeted.

She also urged anyone with information on the latest video to report it to police.

Responding to the most recent video to emerge, a police statement said, “We are aware of footage which has been shared on social media and are making enquiries.”

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