Former PR for BBC and police in Northern Ireland dies in road accident

Austin Hunter, a highly respected Northern Irish journalist and comms professional who worked for the BBC and the Police Service of Northern Ireland, has died aged 64.

Hunter, who died last week (Credit: Family Handout/PA)
Hunter, who died last week (Credit: Family Handout/PA)

His death has been confirmed by several organisations.

He is widely reported to have died in a traffic accident in Bahrain last week, where he was working for Northern Ireland Co-operation Overseas - a public body which sends advisers to work with public sector bodies in other countries.

Hunter worked for the Police Service of Northern Ireland until 2004, having joined in 2001 when it was known as the Royal Ulster Constabulary. Prior to this police role, he had worked as a press officer and television publicist for the BBC. Before that, he had worked for agency GCAS PR.

On leaving the police, he returned to journalism as editor of the Belfast News Letter.

He also recently worked as a consultant to County Down agency LK Communications.

People and organisations paying tribute to Hunter on Twitter included Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, who wrote that he was a "v good journalist & nice man".

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