Death of rally driver following friend’s wedding not suspicious

Glenn Allen
Glenn Allen

The death of a popular rally driver whose body was found in Portrush on Sunday is not being treated as suspicious.

Glenn Allen, 47, from Cookstown, Co Tyrone, was discovered by a member of the public at Dunluce Road around 9am.

Mr Allen had been a guest at a friend’s wedding in the seaside town on Saturday and is understood to have left to get a taxi.

PSNI Chief Inspector Mark McClarence said: “Specially trained officers have been with Mr Allen’s family at this difficult time.

“Police will continue to investigate on behalf of the coroner, as is standard procedure.”

The area between Skerries caravan park and Ballybogey Road was closed for several hours following the discovery.

Officers are keen to speak with anyone who may have seen a man walking in the area at about 1.40am on Sunday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

A post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday but the cause of death has not been made public.

DUP MLA Ian McCrea has expressed his sympathy to the Allen family saying he was “shocked and saddened”.

“I want to express my sincere and deepest sympathy to his wife and family at this heartbreaking time and I assure them of my thoughts and prayers. Glenn owned a very well-established and successful car body repair business outside Cookstown and was heavily involved in the car rally scene, and his death will send shockwaves throughout the local community.”

Mr McCrea added: “I have since spoken to some of those who were chatting with Glenn at a wedding event on Saturday night, and like me find it very hard to take in what has happened.”

UUP councillor Trevor Wilson has also expressed his condolences and said his thoughts and prayers are with the Allen family.

“Glenn was well respected within the rallying fraternity and was known as a hard worker,” he said.