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Triple World Champion Rea 'so proud' to receive MBE

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Jonathan Rea took time out of his winter testing schedule with Kawasaki Racing Team to return to Buckingham Palace to receive the MBE from HRH Duke of Cambridge today.

The three-time Superbike World Champion was given the honour in recognition of his services to motorcycle racing in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in the summer.

He joins racing legend and fellow Ulsterman Joey Dunlop, along with Superbike champion Carl Fogarty in receiving the award.

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Having been in Jerez with the KRT squad to begin testing with the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR ahead of the 2018 season, Jonathan travelled to London to meet with his wife Tatia and his parents Johnny and Claire to enjoy the lavish ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Receiving the MBE is a fitting end to a wonderful, history-making season where the Ulsterman became the first rider to win three World SBK titles in a row.

Jonathan will now return to Jerez in Spain to resume testing with the team and will be on track from Wednesday till Friday.

Rea said of the occasion, “It was an incredible experience to receive the MBE today from The Duke of Cambridge.

"The ceremony at Buckingham Palace was so nice and something I will remember forever. To be with so many other amazing people, in those surroundings, receiving their own Honours was really special.

"Being awarded this award outside of my sport it's makes me so proud of what I have achieved and to also be held in the same esteem as Joey Dunlop and Carl Fogarty means an awful lot to me.

"I was really lucky to be joined by my wife Tarsh and Mum and Dad in the audience to witness the presentation. They have been so supportive of everything I have done and achieved so I am super happy that they can be part of this day as well."

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Woman dies after being knocked down by lorry in Belfast city centre

The scene in Belfast city centre on Tuesday morning. Credit: UTV

A 48-year-old woman has died after being knocked down by a lorry in Belfast city centre early on Tuesday morning.

The incident happened during the rush hour at around 8am on the corner of Wellwood Street, which runs between Great Victoria Street and Sandy Row.

The air ambulance landed in a nearby car park, though the woman was then taken to hospital by ambulance.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at around 8am on Tuesday morning and who witnessed the incident to contact them on the non-emergency number 101.

Gas explosion injures mother and four children

Four children and their mother, aged 34, have been treated for burns to their face and hands after a gas explosion in their Newry home on Monday.

The NI Fire and Rescue service say a faulty gas cooker caused the fire in the kitchen of their Barcroft Park home at around teatime on Monday.

Two appliances and ten officers attended the scene where there had been a small explosion.

The four casualties were treated nearby with burns packs by fire officers before being transferred to Daisy Hill Hospital for treatment.

Two of the children were transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children where they remained on Tuesday in a stable condition. The other two children were discharged from Daisy Hill hospital. Their mother is being treated at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald.

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