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Image caption Matthew Bradley was visiting Liverpool with friends

The family of a County Antrim man killed in a hit-and-run in Liverpool on Friday night have said he was “funny, kind-hearted and generous”.

Matthew Bradley, was 24 and originally from Glenavy.

He was visiting with friends when he was struck by a grey BMW on The Strand near Albert Dock in Liverpool at about 23:40 GMT.

He was taken to hospital where he later died. Police have appealed for the driver to contact them.

Police said the driver “sped off southbound away from the city centre” while bystanders tried to help Mr Bradley.

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Image caption The 24-year-old man was visiting Liverpool city centre with friends

His family have paid tribute to him.

His parents Donal and Margaret Bradley, on behalf of his three sisters Claire, Roisin and Megan, and his girlfriend Rhiannon, from Guildford, said: “Matthew was hugely talented and award-winning in his chosen career of landscape gardening – following in his dad’s footsteps – and had an illustrious career ahead of him.

“He was a funny, kind-hearted and generous young man who will be sorely missed by all that knew him.”

A joint investigation by detectives and road traffic collision investigators from Merseyside Police is under way and the car believed to have been involved in the collision has been found and forensically examined.

Insp Danny Harris said: “The person behind the wheel at the time of this collision knows what has happened and it is important that they do the right thing and come forward and help us.

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Media captionTerry Cormican said Matthew Bradley was a “very enjoyable young fella to know”.

“The city is covered by CCTV and we are using every resource at our disposal to investigate this tragedy.”

‘Very popular young man’

Mr Bradley was a former player for St Joseph’s Gaelic football team in Glenavy.

The club’s Terry Cormican said: “Matthew played until up to maybe two to three years ago whenever he moved over to England to work.

“He was a very popular young man within the club and very well respected.”

He added: “It’s just such a tragedy, obviously for the family, and for the wider community here in Glenavy.

“I remember Matthew as very fun-loving, a very enjoyable young fella to know.”

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