Hunt continues for missing cyclist in Northern Ireland

Concern is growing over the whereabouts of a cyclist who failed to return from a ride on New Year’s Day in Northern Ireland, as police reconstructed his ride on Monday.

Samuel Campbell, 49, left his home in Kells, County Antrim, at around 2pm on January 1 to go on a regular training ride. His wife raised the alarm after he failed to return home. His bike was found two days later on a beach at Glenarm, but there was no sign of Campbell and no clue to his whereabouts.

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An extensive search of the coastal area near his home has been carried out by police, coastguard, mountain rescue and RNLI to no avail.

On Monday, police ran a reconstruction of his cycle ride using his original bike in the hope that it may trigger fresh information from the local community.

Campbell was wearing black cycling tights, a dark grey woolly hat and a red and black top with the lettering TCG. He was on a white and black road bike. A CCTV image of him leaving his home is below.

Police in Ballymena are appealing to anyone who may have seen Campbell on Sunday, January 1 to contact them on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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